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.
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