Barren Coast and Slight Storm

John Glover British

Not on view

Made when Glover was in his twenties and working as a drawing master in Lichfield, Staffordshire, this drawing demonstrates his early skill. When the Old Watercolour Society was established he moved to London, and his contributions to the group's first exhibition in 1806 prompted Rudolph Ackermann to remark that these, “at once raised his reputation to its greatest height. The magic of his effects, the truth and beauty that prevailed in his works, excited the general eagerness to become possessed of his drawings; and the applications from the many…were sufficient to have employed ten artists of his abilities.” The present work may be based on a sketch from a summer tour, later developed in the studio. Loosely painted foreground boulders give way to frothy waves and rising spray, with a distant peak backed by scudding clouds and a band of rain moving toward a headland stilll bathed in sunlight. Glover may have used the sheet to show students how brushwork and washes could be applied to evoke varied light and weather effects.

Barren Coast and Slight Storm, John Glover (British, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicester 1767–1849 Launceston, Tasmania), Graphite, brush and black and gray wash

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