John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Glasgow, Saturday8/6/2021, 1:26:38 PM
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Glasgow, Saturday Night, 1892, oil on canvas, 30.6 x 46 cm, Private Collection . . . By the end of the nineteenth century Glasgow and its neighbouring towns had become the industrial heartbeat of the British Empire with the ship building yards in particular providing the means to link the far flung territories of the Empire. Grimshaw was fascinated by these new urban industrial centres and depicted them with a superb technical accuracy. By the time the present work was completed he was one of the most successful commercial artists in Britain who had found an artistic formula for depicting the new industrial age. As wealthy merchants, industrialists and businessmen, newly rich off the back of the boom in British industry sought to buy his depictions of their cities, there was a dramatic increase in Grimshaw's production of these nocturnal dock scenes.