John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): An autumn lane, 188612/4/2021, 2:38:54 PM
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): An autumn lane, 1886, oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm.(30 x 25 in.) Present painting has all the characteristics of Grimshaw's oeuvre. It depicts a female figure positioned somewhere along a leaf strewn road at sunset on an autumn day, highlighting the peaceful stillness of the moment. The detail is remarkable in the mass of intricate tracery of branches silhouetted against the bold, golden sky, masterfully reflected in the windows of the house and in the small pools of water in the lane. The house in the present painting is very similar in architectural details to that of Knostrop Hall where Grimshaw and his family had moved in the early 1870s. The similarity is obvious in the gabling, entrance porch and gateposts surmounted with spherical ornaments, but these have been placed in the roadside wall, rather than at the entrance to a sweeping circular driveway as was the case at Knostrop.