Property of a Lady
JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW
Night Scene in Roundhay Park
titled, signed, inscribed with the artist's address and numbered on the backboard; Night Scene/ in Rounday Park./ Atkinson Grimshaw/ Knostrop Hall/ Leeds/ 3872
oil on card
30 by 46cm., 12 by 18in.
The card has bowed slightly but has not ben laid-down to the original backing-board which is still present. The picture is in excellent condition. The paint surface is slightly dirty and may benefit from a very light clean.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are a few specks of very minor retouching to paint-surface abrasions.
The picture is contained in a moulded plaster and gilt 'Watts-style' frame.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Thomas Agnew & Sons, London;
Phillips, Leeds, 16 October 1991, lot 268;
Christopher Wood Gallery, where purchased in 2009 by the present owner
'...the lake is seen from the ivy fringed battlement of the ruined tower, and appears in the deceptive haze to stretch unbroken to the horizon; the interlocking boughs of the near trees, in their winter nakedness, being carefully painted; while the more distant clumps are broadly massed in purple shadow.' Leeds Mercury describing a version of the present composition.
Grimshaw painted several views of Roundhay Park on the outskirts of Leeds from 1872 onwards until his death. His first three paintings of the park were commissioned by a committee of the House of Lords in connection with an application by the Corporation of Leeds to purchase Roundhay Estate to make it a public park. The purchase was successful and the park was opened to the public on 19 September 1872 by Prince Arthur.
In the early nineteenth century the architect John Clarke designed a folly at Roundhay in the form of a medieval castle which had a wooden roof so that dinners could take place overlooking the glorious parkland. It was from the ramparts of this folly that Grimshaw painted Waterloo Lake, a thirty-three acre reservoir built in just two years by soldiers that had returned from the Napoleonic wars.