Silver Moonlight 1880 (Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate)- John Atkinson Grimshaw- The Victorian artist who mastered the night.
Grimshaw was a self-taught artist who worked in the North of England in the second half of the nineteenth century. He defied his strictly religious parents and left a good job with the railway to become an artist, and rapidly made a name for himself as a painter.
His early works were Pre- Raphaelite style landscapes. The Lake District was a favourite early source of inspiration, producing such early masterpieces as Blea Tarn, First Light, 1865 (Private Collection), and The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale, c.1865, now in the Tate Gallery.
He is considered to be one of the best painters of moonlit scenes. His atmospheric depictions of areas including Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds and London are now hugely sought-after.
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