Well-heeled ladies and gentlemen fill the street of Whitehall in the early evening in this outstanding cityscape by Louis Grimshaw. The son of famous British painter John Atkinson Grimshaw, Louis painted in the same manner of his father, favoring detailed, moonlit scenes emphasizing tremendous atmospheric detail. In this particular painting, the younger Grimshaw presents a view of Whitehall after a rain shower, looking into Trafalgar Square, where Nelson's Column and the National Gallery glow in the cloud-filtered moonlight. Street lights and shop windows provide fantastic, colorful juxtaposition with 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 Louis painting the figures. Louis' brief painting career began as a means to support himself and his mother. In 1905, he gave up painting to become a cartographer for the Manchester Guardian, ending his career as an artist. His most famous commission was a series of London views during the coronation decorations for King Edward VII in 1902.