John Atkinson Grimshaw, famous for his moonlit and colourful urban landscapes, is regarded as ‘one of the great painters of the Victorian era’. Born in 1836 in a back street of Leeds, Grimshaw later worked as a railway clerk before taking up full-time painting. Success enabled the young artist and his wife to move to Headingley. There is a blue plaque on the front of the house in Cliff Road where they lived during the 1860s. This well-to-do suburb inspired Grimshaw to paint the moonlit view entitled ‘A Lane in Headingley, Leeds’ and also ‘A Golden Beam’, depicting a grand house on a leafy suburban lane in the last of the evening light.