At the Lakeside, Moonlight

John Atkinson Grimshaw

Oil on card 28 x 44.5 cm (11 x 17.5 in.) Signed verso and inscribed 'At the Lakeside_Moonlight_/Atkinson Grimshaw./Leeds. 6072+' Leeds - circa 1872

Atkinson Grimshaw was the son of a Yorkshire policeman, and resigned from his job as a railway clerk at the age of 24 in order to paint. He was entirely self-taught. Many of his early paintings were on card, and this is one of his first of Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park, Leeds. It was probably painted around 1872, the year in which Prince Arthur officially reopened the park, after it had been bought for the people of the city the year before. Grimshaw did not exhibit much in London with other artists, who could not understand his technique, but he was nonetheless admired. His moody pictures are more dreamscapes than landscapes, with ethereal effects of moonlight in different colourways. The light in this painting is made more mysterious and poetical by obscuring the moon from sight.

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The Maas Gallery

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