This work was painted during the early years of John Atkinson Grimshaws artistic career.
View of Leeds from Woodhouse Ridge by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1868
© Leeds Art Gallery
- Graphite, watercolour and bodycolour
- 27.3 x 44.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,733 ( Total: £29,900)
- Acquired in:
It is a view taken from Battys Wood, Woodhouse, Leeds looking towards St Chads Church, and was made just a short walk from Grimshaws home. According to the artists grandson, the figure with black hair in the lower left of the family group is Grimshaws wife Theodosia. This rare watercolour is chiefly significant for the way it encapsulates the urban experience that Grimshaw made the centre of his art: nature experienced in close proximity to industry. In the middle distance, the burgeoning industrial city of Leeds continues to encroach on the countryside and the newly built mansions of the industrial middle classes are seen nestled closely to the mills that forged the citys wealth. View of Leeds from Woodhouse Ridge marks a key moment within Grimshaws personal artistic history and marks his move away from his Pre- Raphaelite contemporaries. This watercolour captures the beginnings of Grimshaws vision, exposing the interplay of nature and industry.
By descent to Guy Ragland Philips; Jeremy Maas, 1968; Bryan and Celia Skinner estate