New Woodpile Report

John Grimshaw of Leeds England, a former railway clerk, became a favorite painter of the Victorian Era. His legacy rests mostly on his painstakingly detailed moonlit nocturnals, typically cityscapes with puddles and mist and gaslight, but Grimshaw was also a master of portraiture and literary scenes. He completed Broomielaw Glasgow at age fifty, seven years before he died of tuberculosis.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the largest seaport in Britain. Broomielaw, a major thoroughfare, follows the River Clyde. The area seen in the picture is now the financial district.

For nineteenth century photographs of this place, contemporary with the painting, here’s a link . Fascinating.

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