At this time the works of the Pre-Raphaelites almost absorbed public interest in art - it was the year of Holman Hunt's "Light of the World," and the "Rescue," by Millais.
In 1858 he visited London and made the acquaintance of the leading Pre-Raphaelites - Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Millais.
His inspiration may be traced in some measure to the Pre-Raphaelites and also to Blake, Shelley and Maeterlinck; but he found in his native Irish legend and life matter apt for his romantic and often elfin music, with its artful simplicities and unhackneyed cadences, and its elusive, inconclusive charm.
These oil paintings show a respect for the Pre-Raphaelites, Picasso, Munch and Van Gogh, yet are highly contemporary, urban and modern.
Grimshaw was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, & in his youth produced vivid, highly finished landscapes.