Monday, April 18, 2011

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) was born in Leeds and worked for the Great Northern Railway. He pursued an interest in painting despite parental disapproval (his parents were strict Baptists). He’s probably best known for painting night scenes, and for his fairy painting. Like so many 19th century British artists he also found inspiration in Tennyson’s poetry.

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The Lady of Shalott

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Elaine, 1877

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Spirit of the Night, 1879

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