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Carleton Grant RBA (1858-1899)

Thomas Carleton Grant, RBA (1858-1899)

During a career of 15 years that essayed a range of subject matter, Carleton Grant developed a highly individual form of watercolour landscape. While undoubtedly influenced by the nocturnes of James McNeill Whistler, his contribution presents evening time in a manner that is particularly soft and gentle, with the last light reflected in quiet backwaters, often those of the Thames Valley.

Thomas Carleton Grant was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, in 1858, the second of the three children of the baker and flour dealer, Thomas Grant, and his wife, Catherine, both of whom had been born in Ireland. During Grant’s earliest years, the family lived above its provisions shop at 60 Boundary Street. By 1871, they had moved a mile or so to the east to Poplar Street, Everton, and then, by 1881, south of the centre to 114 Rosebery Street, Toxteth Park. In that year, all three of the Grants’ adult children were described as ‘unemployed’, Carleton specifically as ‘bookseller’s clerk, unemployed’, while their mother was working as a ‘mantle maker’ (probably making fittings for gas lamps).

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Subject Category

Moonlight / Nocturne (1)
Rivers (2)
Townscapes (2)

British Counties & Regions
Avon (1)
Wiltshire (1)

Boats & Ships (1)

Churches & Cathedrals (2)

Seasons & Weather
Season: Summer (1)

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