The GRIMSHAW Collection

  • by Philip Wilde, Information and Research, Central Library


Arthur Edmund Grimshaw was a Leeds born artist and musician. He was the son of the great Leeds artist John Atkinson Grimshaw. Although Arthur also painted he was better known as a composer. The Central Library holds an original manuscript performance set of his ‘two old English melodies’, together with a score he arranged for orchestra entitled ‘Golden Wedding, a Yorkshire Idyll’ which includes a collection of Yorkshire tunes and dances by Frank Kidson.

The Grimshaw Collection also features a number of paintings by various members of the Grimshaw family, including an original piece of artwork by John Atkinson Grimshaw of his son, ‘Arty’ (shown above). To view items from the collection, please visit the Local and Family History department on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library. Two forms of ID (one with your name and another with your address) and at least 24-hours notice will be required to view items from the Treasures or Collections. Please call 0113 378 6982 for further details and to book an appointment.