Grimshaw’s earliest influence was the Pre-Raphaelites.
True to the Pre-Raphaelite style, he created landscapes of accurate
colour and lighting, vivid detail and realism, often typifying seasons
or a type of weather. Moonlit views of city and suburban streets and of
the docks in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow also figured largely
in his art. The focus on atmosphere, and lack of moral message or historical reference allies his work to some extent with the Aesthetic Movement.
His careful painting and his skill in lighting effects meant
that he captured both the appearance and the mood of a scene in minute
detail. His “paintings of dampened gas-lit streets and misty waterfronts conveyed an eerie warmth as well as alienation in the urban scene.”
Later in life his colour palette shifted from dark blues to golden
yellows, and towards the end of his life were hints of a change in
artistic direction, with looser brushwork influenced by his friend James
Abbott McNeill Whistler, who was quoted saying “I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy’s moonlit pictures.”
The former Victoria Infirmary campus in Glasgow is to sold for housing.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the 9.5 acre site would be developed by the Worcester-based not-for-profit housing and care provider Sanctuary Group.
The health board said Sanctuary planned to keep a number of heritage features while creating homes for families, first-time and older buyers.
The developer will consult Glasgow City Council and the local community before making a planning application.
Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director development, said: “We are delighted to be buying the old Victoria site and are committed to listening to local communities to select the best development solution.
"Our plans are to retain the key heritage features of the site while delivering a beautiful place to live.
"The development will also create much needed jobs and we look forward to beginning this exciting project.”
The hospital began treating patients at the site in Langside, on the south side of the city, in 1866.
I sincerely hope that they do actually keep the parts of it that are aesthetically pleasing as it is an iconic building of the south side.