The purple-pink hue of the sunset meets the warm glow of London's streets in this ethereal composition by Louis Hubbard Grimshaw. The son of famed British painter John Atkinson Grimshaw, Grimshaw painted in the same manner of his father, favoring highly detailed, moonlit scenes that emphasized atmosphere. In this particular painting, the younger Grimshaw presents a view of Whitehall after a rain shower, looking towards Trafalgar Square where Nelson's Column and the National Gallery glow in the cloud-filtered moonlight. Street lights and shop windows provide a stunning, colorful juxtaposition to the soft luminescence of the background.
Before the death of his father in 1893, the two artists collaborated on several works, with John Atkinson painting the background and Grimshaw painting the figures. Both artists had a profound interest in photography and used still photographs to obtain the stunning level of detail found in their canvasses. Following his father's death, Grimshaw continued his career as a painter, though he eventually abandoned his art in 1905 to become a cartographer for the Manchester Guardian. He is best remembered for his series of London views composed during the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.
Signature: Signed and dated "Whitehall / Louis Grimshaw / 1903" en verso