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(b Leeds, 6 Sept. 1836; d Leeds, 31 Oct. 1893). English painter. He specialized in a distinctive type of nocturnal townscape, usually featuring gaslights and wet streets, and Whistler said of him, ‘I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy's moonlit pictures.’ Grimshaw's paintings, however, unlike Whistler's, are sharp in focus and rather acidic in colouring, although often remarkably atmospheric.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)