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John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1836–1893

Evening Glow

ca. 1884
Oil on canvas
11 1/4 × 17 inches (28.6 × 43.2 cm), Frame: 16 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches (41.9 × 56.5 cm)

Signed on back: "P.L.R."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
autumn | basket | costume | costume | dusk | dusk | evening | fall | gates | leaves | light | orange | road | servant | street | trees | view | wall | woman | yellow
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

John Atkinson Grimshaw was influenced by John Ruskin and the meticulous work of the Pre-Raphaelites early in his career and began producing these small autumnal scenes in the 1870s. This example is typical in its use of a solitary female figure walking down a deserted road at dusk, and these evocative subjects proved extremely popular with his middle-class clientele. The settings were often based on the walled streets on the outskirts of his native Leeds, or elsewhere in Yorkshire, where he lived until the mid-1880s. Many of these canvases date to the 1880s, when Grimshaw was facing a severe financial crisis that compelled him to substantially increase his productivity and make numerous repetitions and variations (as many as fifty a year). By 1885 he had moved to Chelsea and was increasingly influenced by the approach of James McNeill Whistler and his associates in the aesthetic movement.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Juxtapositions (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-11-19 - 1998-01-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 106-107, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 - Leeds - 1893), Richard Green Gallery (Client), London, 2011, p. 48, NJ18 G818 A12 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Alexander Robertson, Atkinson Grimshaw, Phaidon, Oxford, 1988, p. 90, no. 78, NJ18 G818 A12 R62 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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