Painter of Moonlight

One of my favorite coffee table books is my Atkinson Grimshaw book by Alexander Robertson, a beautifully illustrated history of his paintings from the early birds, fruit and floral paintings to his most famous moonlight paintings, dockyard scenes and later his serious of faeries. At 24 years of age he gave up his job as a railway clerk with Great Northern Railway to become a painter, but it was another ten years before he became successful in the 1870’s.  This was when he rented Knostrup Old Hall in, Scarborough, a beautiful house which became the subject of his most famous moonlight series.

I first heard of him when I read Anne Bronet’s ‘Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ and Wilkie Collins ‘Woman In White’ and ‘The Moonstone’ All published by Penguin Classics, they featured paintings on the cover which captured my imagination, and here began my love of the moonlight paintings.



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