November Moonlight, John Atkinson Grimshaw,
(Leeds 1836-1893)

John Atkinson Grimshaw, was an English Victorian-era artist, a “remarkable and imaginative painter” known for his city night-scenes and landscapes.

His careful painting and his skill in lighting effects meant that he captured both the appearance and the mood of a scene in minute detail. His “paintings of dampened gas-lit streets and misty waterfronts conveyed an eerie warmth as well as alienation in the urban scene.

In the 1880s, Grimshaw maintained a London studio in Chelsea, not far from the studio of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. After visiting Grimshaw, Whistler remarked that "I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy’s moonlit pictures.”

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