Picture Gallery

John 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 Yorkshire.

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.


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