Leeds gallery brings 1879 masterpiece back home

By Amelia Riley

One of Leeds’ most celebrated artists’ masterpiece has been brought back to the city.

Reflections on the Aire – on strike, painted by John Atkinson Grimshaw in 1879, presents a female figure gazing over the River Aire towards Hunslet and is considered a rare example of the artist painting a social realist scene.

Acquired from a private collector earlier this year, the painting will now be hung at Leeds Art Gallery next to another of his works, Reflections on the Thames – Westminster.

Atkinson Grimshaw was born in Leeds in 1836 and left his job as a railway clerk to produce art.

With such an experimental style that stands out, inspired by his fascination with the varying effects of night light, Atkinson Grimshaw went on to become one of the most significant artists of his era.

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