View of Leeds from Woodhouse Ridge
John Atkinson Grimshaw
- Art Funded
- 27.3 x 44.5 cm
It is a view taken from BattyÂ’s Wood, Woodhouse, Leeds looking towards St ChadÂ’s Church, and was made just a short walk from GrimshawÂ’s home. According to the artistÂ’s grandson, the figure with black hair in the lower left of the family group is GrimshawÂ’s 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 cityÂ’s wealth. Â‘View of Leeds from Woodhouse RidgeÂ’ marks a key moment within GrimshawÂ’s personal artistic history and marks his move away from his Pre- Raphaelite contemporaries. This watercolour captures the beginnings of GrimshawÂ’s vision, exposing the interplay of nature and industry.
By descent to Guy Ragland Philips; Jeremy Maas, 1968; Bryan and Celia Skinner estate