John Atkinson Grimshaw 1836 - 1893

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John Atkinson Grimshaw - London Bridge
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British and European Art
June 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 GBP
Realised: 88.200 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - An October Afterglow
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British and European Art
June 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 GBP
Realised: 176.400 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Old Chelsea
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British and European Art
December 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: 88.200 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Glasgow docks, at twilight
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British and European Art
December 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: 50.400 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - London Bridge
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British and European Art
December 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Glasgow Docks
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The Alan and Simone Hartman CollectionThe Inaugural Sale
December 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 203.700 USD
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Gourock Dock, Glasgow
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19th Century and British Impressionist Art
September 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 GBP
Realised: 108.350 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - A moonlit lane, Roundhay
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19th Century and British Impressionist Art
September 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 GBP
Realised: 89.300 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - A moonlit landscape
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British and European Art
July 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: 81.900 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Glasgow docks, at twilight
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Three Private Collections: Belgravia, Berkshire and Guernsey
May 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Corner of the Old Road, Claughton, near Scarborough
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Three Private Collections: Belgravia, Berkshire and Guernsey
May 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: 40.320 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - A lane near Chester
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Three Private Collections: Belgravia, Berkshire and Guernsey
May 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: 63.000 GBP
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The artist John Atkinson Grimshaw

  • English painter of the Victorian period.
  • Achieved commercial fame as a self-taught painter of atmospheric night views.
  • Fell into obscurity after his death until the late 20th century.

John Atkinson Grimshaw was an English Victorian painter. He was born in Leeds in 1836 and taught himself to paint by copying. Grimshaw first worked as a railway clerk until 1861, when he turned exclusively to painting, much to the chagrin of his parents, who disapproved of this way of life. Grimshaw began by painting still lifes. He copied the dead birds, flowers, and fruit of his English colleague William Henry Hunts (1790-1864).

Gradually, he produced more and more commissioned works and developed his distinctive style for which he is known today: atmospheric, detailed views of cities and harbors at night or dusk create striking contrasts with the cobblestones glistening with moisture.

In addition to the prominent nocturnal moments, his oeuvre also includes portraits, interiors, and depictions of fairies. The meticulous attention to detail in Grimshaw's paintings is particularly striking: individual elements in vibrant colors stand out in the darkness of the industrial cityscape. Grimshaw's nocturnal scenes of gas-lit streets, wet sidewalks, and foggy atmosphere became his trademark and earned him great renown in his day.

He began exhibiting his paintings in London in 1862. These included the Royal Academy of Arts and other prestigious venues. Grimshaw soon became a commercial painter, which enabled him and his family to live in a villa on the outskirts of Leeds. He had a total of 15 children, only six of whom survived. Some of them also worked as painters, such as his sons Arthur Edmund (1864-1913) and Louis H. (1870-1944).

Grimshaw died of cancer in 1893 at the age of 57. After his death, the fame of his work steadily declined. It was not until the late 20th century that his art was rediscovered. Early paintings were signed  »J.A. Grimshaw«, but from 1867 he decided to use the signature »Atkinson Grimshaw«.

Der Künstler John Atkinson Grimshaw

  • Englischer Maler des viktorianischen Zeitalters.
  • Erlangte als Autodidakt mit stimmungsvollen Nachtansichten kommerziellen Ruhm.
  • Geriet nach seinem Tod bis ins späte 20. Jahrhundert in Vergessenheit.

John Atkinson Grimshaw war ein englischer Maler des viktorianischen Zeitalters. Er kam 1836 in Leeds zur Welt und brachte sich das Malen durch bloßes Abschauen selbst bei. Grimshaw arbeitete zuerst als Angestellter bei der Eisenbahn, bis er sich 1861 ausschließlich der Malerei zuwandte – zum Leid seiner Eltern, die diesen Lebensweg ablehnten. Grimshaw begann zunächst mit Stillleben. Er kupferte die dargestellten toten Vögel, Blüten und das Obst von seinem englischen Kollegen William Henry Hunts (1790 – 1864) ab.

Nach und nach fertigte er immer mehr Auftragsarbeiten und entwickelte seinen markanten Stil, für den er heute bekannt ist: Stimmungsvolle, wie detaillierte Stadt- und Hafenansichten bei Nacht oder zur Dämmerung schaffen eindrucksvolle Kontraste zu dem vor Feuchtigkeit glänzenden Kopfsteinpflaster. Neben den prominenten Nachtmomenten gehören aber auch Porträts, Interieurs und Darstellungen von Feen zu seinem Œuvre. Vor allem die akribische Detailgenauigkeit fällt bei Grimshaws Gemälden ins Auge: Einzelne Elemente in leuchtenden Farben ziehen die Blicke in der Dunkelheit der industriellen Stadtlandschaft auf sich.

Grimshaw machte die nächtlichen Szenen mit gasbeleuchteten Straßen, nassen Bürgersteigen und der nebligen Atmosphäre zu seinem Markenzeichen, das ihm seinerzeit großes Renommee verschaffte. Ab 1862 stellte er seine Gemälde auch in London aus. Die Royal Academy of Arts und andere renommierte Stätten gehörten zu den Ausstellungsorten. Grimshaw stieg bald zum kommerziellen Maler auf, wodurch er sich und seiner Familie das Leben am Rande von Leeds in einer Villa ermöglichen konnte. Er hatte insgesamt 15 Kinder, von denen nur sechs überlebten. Einige von ihnen arbeiteten ebenfalls als Maler, so etwa die Söhne Arthur Edmund (1864–1913) und Louis H. (1870–1944).

Grimshaw starb 1893 im Alter von 57 Jahren an einer Krebserkrankung. Nach seinem Tod verlor sein Werk stetig an Ruhm. Erst im späten 20. Jahrhundert entdeckte man seine Kunst wieder. Frühe Gemälde unterzeichnete der Maler noch mit »J.A. Grimshaw«, ab 1867 entschied er sich dann für die Signatur »Atkinson Grimshaw«.

John Atkinson Grimshaw - Forge Valley by moonlight
Auction
19th Century and British Impressionist Art
March 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: 63.300 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Day Dreams
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Remastered: Old Masters from the Collection of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
January 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 69.300 USD
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - On the Clyde, Glasgow
Auction
British and European Art: Part 1
December 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 60.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: 56.700 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Midsummer Night Or Iris
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The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection: Volume 2 |Old Master, 19th and 20th Century Paintings, Day Sale
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 680.400 USD
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Eveleigh (Forge Valley, Scarboro)
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19th Century and British Impressionist Art
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: 48.180 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Beechwood
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British and European Art
July 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Lovers in a wood
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British and European Art
July 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Autumn Morning
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British and European Art
July 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 GBP
Realised: 138.600 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - At the Park Gate
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European & British Art, Part I
July 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 GBP
Realised: 189.000 GBP
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - Still Life with Pineapple, Apple and Plums
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European and British Art, Part II
July 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - A Moonlit Street
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European and British Art, Part II
July 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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John Atkinson Grimshaw - An extensive meadow landscape with geese by a stream
Auction
British and European Art
July 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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