Atkinson Grimshaw
Liverpool Quay by Moonlight 1887

Artwork details

Atkinson Grimshaw 1836–1893
Liverpool Quay by Moonlight
Date 1887
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 914 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1967
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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Grimshaw was famous for his night scenes, in particular for his views of the docks at Liverpool, Glasgow and Hull. Here he concentrates on the golden glow cast from the shop fronts through the fog, and reflected on the wet cobbles. The omnibus receding from the viewer down a perfectly straight street is a characteristic and effective device, which Grimshaw repeated many times in such works.
Grimshaw was entirely self-taught, and had begun life as a railway clerk. He was much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, whose precisely detailed style he initially copied in his landscapes. He gradually moved towards a more ethereal evocation of light and atmosphere somewhat reminiscent of Whistler.

August 2004

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