In the 1870s Grimshaw was at the peak of his success. He extended his subject-matter to include re-creations of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as producing paintings of fashionable modern women. Often he painted over photographs, and, it has been claimed, developed a technique of projecting images on to a canvas, which could then be painted. In his final years Grimshaw produced small riverscapes. During the last winter of his life he painted snow scenes. Today Grimshaw is seen as one of the minor Victorian masters, his place assured by his moonlights, evocative of Victorian life of the 1870s and 1880s.
Atkinson Grimshaw (exh. cat., ed. J. Abdy; London, Ferrers Gal., 1970)
G. R. Phillips: John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1836–1893 (Leeds, 1972)
Atkinson Grimshaw (exh. cat., ed. J. Abdy and C. Wood; London, Alexander Gal., 1976)
Atkinson Grimshaw (exh. cat., ed. A. Robertson; Leeds, C.A.G., 1979) [well illus., with crit. essay by D. Bromfield; 75 pls]
A. Robertson: Atkinson Grimshaw (Oxford, 1988)
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