John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): A Street at Night, c11/28/2021, 3:50:14 PM
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): A Street at Night, c. 1883, oil on panel, 30,5 x 45,7 cm, private collection John Atkinson Grimshaw was a Victorian artist who became famous for his sombre views of the dockyards and his nocturnal scenes of urban lanes with leafless trees silhouetted against the moonlit sky. From 1880, Grimshaw began to produce paintings of London. The atmosphere in the capital was a particular attraction, with its dense fogs and river mists. The artist left no written details of his photographic paintings. His son Louis was a photographer and Grimshaw was known to be interested in the theatre, and in particular the sophisticated special effects which were being experimented with at The Grand Theatre in Leeds. Grimshaw's grandson recorded that Grimshaw used photographs and lantern studies as references for his paintings. He also suggested that Grimshaw occasionally projected images onto his canvas and then used the outlines as the basis for his paintings. Present work is one of Grimshaw's typical paintings; a street-lit urban scene with ambient moonlight in the background.