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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

John Atkinson Grimshaw
ST ANNE'S SQUARE AND EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

John Atkinson Grimshaw
ST ANNE'S SQUARE AND EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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John Atkinson Grimshaw
1836-1893
ST ANNE'S SQUARE AND EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER
signed and numbered l.r.: Atkinson Grimshaw/ F17; also signed and inscribed on the reverse: Manchester. St Anne's Sq. Exchange/ Atkinson Grimshaw / F17
oil on paper over a photographic base, laid down on canvas
30.5 by 45.5cm., 12 by 18in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Belgravia, 19 March 1979, lot 22, where purchased by the father of the present owner

Catalogue Note

Throughout his career Grimshaw had used photographs to aid his work. In the preparation for his early landscapes he referred to photographs and postcards as an aide-memoire for his close examination of the natural world. In the later period of his career he applied paint over photographic bases rather than sketching the composition onto canvases or boards. This may have been a time-saving exercise or it may have been a conscious embracing of a new technology for his art - it does not seem to have been a way of mass-producing his pictures as very few examples were produced. Grimshaw was very interested in photography and belonged to the Leeds Photographic Society for a while with his sons Arthur and Louis.

This view of Manchester is looking along St Anne's Square lined with its brightly-lit shops to the Royal Exchange on the right and the statue of the industrialist and politician Richard Cobden. The trading hall of the Exchange was one of the most important buildings in Manchester, so renowned for its cotton industry in the Victorian period that the city earned the sobriquet Cottonopolis.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London