John Glover

(1767—1849) landscape painter

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(1767–1849). English landscape painter. Glover was a drawing master in Lichfield from 1794 and an exhibitor at the RA from 1795. He exhibited with the newly established Society of Painters in Watercolours from 1805 to 1817 and was involved in its change of constitution, to include oils as well as watercolours. He amassed a substantial fortune from his highly priced pictures, derived from his many sketching trips in this country and, from 1814, on the Continent. He used technical tricks, adopted from William Payne (c. 1760–after 1830), such as a split-brush to depict foliage. He held several critically acclaimed one-man exhibitions in the 1820s which included paintings by Claude, Poussin, and Wilson placed in self-conscious rivalry with his own. In 1824 he helped establish the Society of British Artists and exhibited there from 1824 to 1829. He then set off for Tasmania where he spent 20 years farming sheep and painting the scenery and inhabitants. Over 50 of his Tasmanian watercolours were on show in London in 1835. His modern reputation has not matched that which he achieved in his lifetime when he was placed among the foremost landscape painters.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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