John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)
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John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)

Greenock harbour at night

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John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)
Greenock harbour at night
signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw 93' (lower right) and further signed and inscribed 'Greenock-/Atkinson Grimshaw 93' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm.)
Provenance
with Richard Green, London.
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Lot Essay

After Liverpool, Glasgow and its neighbouring harbour at Greenock became the most favoured location for Grimshaw's depictions of night scenes of the docks. The subject enabled him to depict the intricate rigging of the shipping, as well as the effect of light, bouncing off the wet couples from the illuminated shop fronts. Although some of the names of the shops are genuine, Grimshaw often liked to invent names for these. John Campbell, and Johnston, both typically Scottish names, can be discerned in the present picture.
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