PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
JOHN GLOVER P.S.P.W.C., P.O.W.S., P.S.B.A.
Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire 1767 - 1849 Patterdale, Tasmania
A VIEW OF THE CITY OF YORK
inscribed on the reverse in period writing: View of the city of York
oil on canvas
canvas: 23¾ by 36 in.; 60.3 by 91.4 cm.
framed: 29½ by 41½ in.; 74.9 by 105.4 cm.
Canvas has an old relining. The picture presents a strong image to the naked eye and could be hung in its current state of preservation. There are various scattered retouches visible under UV which are mainly refined to areas within craquelure. These are scattered throughout the sky and darker colors but are applied quite well and are not discolored to the naked eye. In a carved gilt wood frame.
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With Eaton Gallery, London;
Where purchased by Niki and Joe Gregory;
By whom gifted to the present owner.
The English artist John Glover earned a reputation in the late 18th century as an excellent landscape painter whose works were inspired by Claude Lorraine and rivaled those of J. M. W. Turner. Although his training was in drawings, Glover also mastered oil painting, some of which were exhibited in the Royal Academy from 1795 onwards. The split brush treatment of the foliage and subtle chiaroscuro in this painting are among Glover's most characteristic mannerisms.
Although Glover was never a member of the Academy, he was highly esteemed by the public with considerable commercial success. He was invited to join the Society of Painters in Watercolors, where his works were among the most coveted during their first exhibition in 1805. After serving for sometime as president of the Society, Glover staged a series of groundbreaking solo exhibitions placing his work among paintings by Claude Lorrain and Richard Wilson. In 1824, he became a founding member of the Society of British Artists, exhibiting there regularly until his move to Australia circa 1829 where he became one of the most important colonial art painters.