Atkinson Grimshaw was a noted painter in the
mid to late 1800s whose subject matter was primarily
fairy figures, landscapes, and dockland areas,
particularly at sunset and by moonlight. He
was born in Leeds in 1836 and began painting
full-time about 1861. He is descended from the
Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw line of
Grimshaw, who lived in Leeds, often spent considerable
time during the summer staying at Scarborough.
He first rented a house, which he called Castle-by-the-Sea,
in the town in the late 1870s, following the
death of three of his children at his Leeds
home, Knostrop Hall. Grimshaw is best known
for his powerfully atmospheric paintings of
twilight, night-time, and autumnal scenes, and
his pictures in the gallery reflect this.