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Lovers in a Wood
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Moonlight on the Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds
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Roundhay lake
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Tree Shadows on the Park Wall, Roundhay Park, Leeds
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Yew court, Selby
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A Lane In Headingley, Leeds
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A moonlit lane

John Atkinson Grimshaw was born 6 September 1836 in Leeds. In 1856 he married his cousin Frances Hubbard (1835–1917). In 1861, at the age of 24, to the dismay of his parents, he left his job as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway to become a painter. He first exhibited in 1862, mostly paintings of birds, fruit and blossom, under the patronage of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. He became successful in the 1870s and rented a second home in Scarborough, which became a favourite subject. Grimshaw’s primary influence was the Pre-Raphaelites. True to the Pre-Raphaelite style, he created landscapes of accurate colour, lighting, vivid detail and realism. He painted landscapes that typified seasons or a type of weather; city and suburban street scenes and moonlit views of the docks in London, Leeds, Liverpool, and Glasgow also figured largely in his art. His careful painting and skill in lighting effects meant that he captured both the appearance and the mood of a scene in minute detail. His “paintings of dampened gas-lit streets and misty waterfronts conveyed an eerie warmth as well as alienation in the urban scene.”

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Full Moon behind Cirrus Cloud from the Roundhay Park Castle Battlements
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Headingley, Leeds
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The Lady of Shalott
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The lotus gatherer
Liverpool Quay by MoonlightLiverpool Quay by Moonlight
In Peril (The Harbour Flare)In Peril (The Harbour Flare)
Endymion on Mount LatmusEndymion on Mount Latmus