Beautiful Things

'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.'
Thomas Merton

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 –  1893)Credit: WikipediaJohn Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) was born in Leeds, England. Grimshaw began painting when he worked as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway, a job which he soon left to pursue art.

Grimshaw began exhibiting his work in 1862. His art was influenced  by John Ruskin’s creed of ‘truth to nature’ and expressed a Pre-Raphaelite style, often with moody nocturnal landscapes, or dockland scenes, which were often misty, moonlit and atmospheric.
He had married his cousin Frances Theodosia Hubbarde in 1856 and they went on to have several children, who also became painters.

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Canny Glasgow 1887

Grimshaw excelled in capturing the turn of twilight into night. He often painted the docklands of Glasgow, distilling the essence in his paintings, of this industrial, waterside town of Victorian times. The fog and glittering lights, reflecting off the wet road and the feeling of a busy place, winding down toward the night, is conveyed beautifully.

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The Lady of Shalott
Grimshaw was a "remarkable and imaginative painter", who favoured ethereal or moonlit scenes with great attention to detail.

Sir Frank Bernard Dicksee

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Sir Frank Bernard Dicksee was another Pre-Raphaelite, English, Victorian painter and illustrator, who painted portraits, historical genre scenes, as well as literary, biblical and allegorical art.

 He was born into an artistic family, who lived in Bloomsbury in London.  His father, brother, and sister Margaret, were all well-known painters. He was initially trained by his father, before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1870. Dicksee was an outstanding student, earning many distinctions and medals.


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The Mirror 1896

Sir Frank Dicksee mostly painted scenes of history or legend, inspired by Romanticism and medieval culture.

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Miranda (1878) In Shakespeare's play The Tempest,  is the beautiful daughter of the old Duke Prospero.

'Incredibly, inordinately, devastatingly, immortally, calamitously, hearteningly, adorably beautiful.'

Rupert Brooke