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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TEXAS

John Atkinson Grimshaw
BRITISH
A NOVEMBER MORNING
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 287,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TEXAS

John Atkinson Grimshaw
BRITISH
A NOVEMBER MORNING
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 287,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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John Atkinson Grimshaw
1836 - 1893
BRITISH
A NOVEMBER MORNING
signed Atkinson Grimshaw and dated 1883+ (lower right) 
oil on canvas
20 by 29 7/8 in.; 50.8 by 75.9 cm
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Provenance

Richard Green, London
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Private Collection (by descent from the above, his father, and sold, Sotheby's, London, December 15, 2016, lot 20, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Silhouetted against a luminous golden sky, John Atkinson Grimshaw meticulously renders an English street to evocatively convey the dawn in autumn. Grimshaw painted a series of these street scenes throughout the 1880s, predominantly painted in and around the suburbs of Leeds. Unrivaled in his atmospheric depiction of the evening and the first light of the morning, these paintings are perhaps his most evocative and iconic works.

In these paintings of roads and lanes, between the high stone walls hiding mansions from prying eyes, a solitary female figure makes her way down an otherwise deserted road. The result is a cinematic panorama. Victorians had a huge appetite for narrative paintings of romantic intrigue, themes which were also prevalent in the novels, plays and poetry of the age. Grimshaw himself was inspired by the writings of Wordsworth, Browning, Shelley and, in particular, Tennyson.

While Grimshaw was exacting in his depictions of the great cities of Britain and smaller fishing villages, paintings like A November Morning gave him the opportunity to indulge in the effect of color and atmosphere, with subtle contrasts of golden hues, panes of richly painted textures and graphic silhouette.

19th Century European Art

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