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On the Conway, West Penmachno, North Wales; formerly called ' a rocky gorge', trees and bushes growing over the steep rocky edges
Watercolour with brown wash
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Height: 107 millimetres
Width: 183 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- There exists a monochrome version of this work which may have formed the basis for this coloured drawing. The monochrome version is very similar in size, 120 x 184 mm and is inscribed on the old mount 'on the Conway W[est]. Penmachno [north Wales]'. See Agnew's '[130th Annual Exhibition of] Watercolour & Drawings 2003', 5-28 March 2003, no.28 (now private collection).
Ref: C.R.Grundy, A catalogue of the pictures and drawings in the collection of Frederick John Nettlefold, II, 1935, p. 134.
The following catalogue entry is taken from Stainton 1985:
One of the founder members of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, and a prolific contributor to their early exhibitions (he showed 176 works between 1805 and 1812), Glover was the leader of the group who broke away in 1813 to set up the rival Society of Painters in Oil and Water-Colours. His public style (rather like that of William Havell) was the classic pastoral landscape conceived in emulation of Claude, which made him popular with conservative-minded patrons but earned him the criticism of more forward-looking artists like Constable, who considered Glover a mere pasticheur. However, Glover also made numerous small-scale studies, which are striking in their freshness and immediacy. He was well known for his technique of dividing the hairs of the brush into small sections and going over the surface of his watercolours with scumbled, feathery strokes of black or grey Indian ink to suggest the play of light, a device clumsily imitated by numerous followers, but, as in this study, capable of achieving considerable liveliness.
Glover emigrated to Tasmania in 1831, where he painted some of his most original works; whether or not this watercolour shows an English or Tasmanian view is uncertain.
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- Exhibition history
1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.68
1991 Jan-Mar, Cleveland Mus of Art, British Landscape Watercolours, no.35
1991 Mar-June, NC Mus of Art, British Landscape Watercolours, no.35
1991/2 Nov-Feb, Munich, Neue Pinakothek, 'von Dillis', no. A7
1992 Mar-May, Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister, 'von Dillis', no. A7
2004, 5-30 Nov, London, Bankside Gallery, The Presidents, Past and Present
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