The Illustrated London News, published from 1842 to 2003, retained some of the leading illustrators of the period to provide the images for its articles. As a newspaper, the pictures required rapid production, these works thus retaining a delightful freshness in contrast to the ancient buildings.
De Grineau’s father, Charles was an illustrator and he trained under him. A Captain in the Artillery during World War I The Illustrated London News published some sketches. Between the wars he was celebrated illustrator for The Motor, producing drawings of racing cars that have become highly sought after. However it is for his subsequent work for The Illustrated London News that he is remembered most. On the outbreak of World War II it posted him to France as war correspondent. He submitted some works to the War Artists Advisory Committee but they were not purchased. Later, however, the Committee sought to acquire other work from the ILN, which declined to sell. Christies sold a selection of pictures from their archives in 2014, featuring some of de Grineau’s highly regarded works, bringing to the attention of a new generation the work of this skilled illustrator.