Atkinson Grimshaw

Liverpool Quay by Moonlight

1887

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 610 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1967
Reference
T00902

Display caption

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 shop fronts through fog, and reflected on wet cobbles. The omnibus receding from the viewer down a perfectly straight street is a characteristic and effective device, which the artist repeated many times. He was entirely self-taught, and had begun life as a railway clerk. He was much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, but gradually moved towards a more ethereal evocation of light and atmosphere reminiscent of Whistler.

Gallery label, November 2016

Catalogue entry

Atkinson Grimshaw 1836–1893

T00902 Liverpool Quay by Moonlight 1887

Inscr. ‘Atkinson Grimshaw’ b.l. and ‘Liverpool 1887.
Atkinson Grimshaw’ on back of canvas.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 (60 x 91.25).
Purchased from Charles Hassé (Grant-in-Aid) 1967.
Coll. R. E. A. Wilson; Basil Jonzen c. 1945; Charles Hassé.

The title used here is taken from an old label on the stretcher.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.