22NADFAS REVIEW / WINTER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukwhose moonlit urban scenes haveintrigued viewers since they were firstpainted. Grimshaw's two paintings inthe Harrogate collection, SilverMoonlightand In the Gloaming (AYorkshire Home), are among the best-loved works in the Mercer Art Gallery. It is now 30 years since the lastmajor Grimshaw show, so the time isPictured:London,Reflections onthe Thames,Westminster,1880Harrogate's Mercer Art Galleryhas developed a reputation forputting on major shows bysome of the most successful Britishartists of the 19th century. In 2007, itwas William Powell Frith,documentary painter of the newindustrial age; now it is Leeds-bornJohn Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893),Of mists andmoonlight After an interval of 30 years, a new exhibition will once again celebrate John Atkinson Grimshaw, one of the best-loved Victorian artists. In this first of three features about high-profile exhibitions at regional museums, Jane Sellars, Curator of Art at Harrogate's Mercer Art Gallery, tells us more about this intriguing painter, famed for his evocative and atmospheric imagesGRIMSHAWright for another look at this intriguingYorkshire painter. Grimshaw's lifehistory has always been tinted withmystery, but for this show, which willbe accompanied by a publicationabout the artist, we have had accessto previously unexplored biographicalmaterial, which casts new light on theartist's story.
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