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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 134

    John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)

    Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds; and A Figure overlooking Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds.

    Price Realised  

    John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)
    Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds; and A Figure overlooking Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds.
    the former signed and numbered 'Atkinson Grimshaw 4972+' (lower left); the latter signed and numbered 'Atkinson Grimshaw 5172+' (lower left)
    oil on card
    8¾ x 13½ in. (22.5 x 34.3 cm.); and 8½ x 13 in. (21.5 x 34 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds, became a popular subject with the artist. He was drawn to it's ancient woods whose trees he depicted silhouetted against the atmospheric serenity of the lake. In 1872 Grimshaw received an unusual commission to paint three views for submission to a Committee of the House of Commons. This was in connection with the Leeds Corporation Improvement Bill in which the city sought to purchase the Roundhay Estate and create a public park. The estate was created in the early 19th Century by Thomas Nicholson and was formed out of a medieval hunting ground of the De Lacy family of Pontefract Castle. The landscape's impressive natural features were enhanced with waterfalls, woodland walks and a thirty three acre lake which was built in just two years by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars, and was hence appropriately named 'Waterloo Lake'.

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    Provenance

    Lady Abdy, from whom purchased in 1986.


    Literature

    Jane Abdy, Atkinson Grimshaw, Ferrers Gallery, 1970, p. 20, illus. p. 21.


    Exhibited

    The latter, London, Ferrers Gallery, Grimshaw, 1964, illus. p. 4.
    The latter, London, Alexander Gallery, 1976, no. 8, illus.
    The latter, Leeds City Art Gallery and Temple Newsam House; Southampton Art Gallery; and Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Atkinson Grimshaw, 1979-80, no. 36 (pl. 36).