Early Morning near Loch Katrine in the Trossachs, Scotland

Artist:
John Glover (British, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicester 1767–1849 Launceston, Tasmania)
Date:
before 1831
Medium:
Watercolor over graphite, with gum arabic
Dimensions:
sheet: 16 x 21 9/16 in. (40.7 x 54.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.47
Not on view
Known as the "English Claude," after famed seventeenth-century painter Claude Lorrain, Glover here applied that master’s golden Italianate vision to a northern subject. A member of London’s Society of Painters in Water-Colours, the artist demonstrated the medium’s ability to convey atmospheric effects in works that commanded prices second only to those of his contemporary J. M. W. Turner. This exhibition piece depicts a locale bordering the Scottish Highlands, a region then exotic to English viewers. Delicate washes evoke sunlight diffused by mist, and Glover’s distinctive split-brush technique has been used to create fuzzy, layered foliage. Bright touches of light sparkle off a stream and the shoulder of a girl who carries a jug. Shortly after making this work, Glover moved to Tasmania and helped establish Australian landscape painting.
Marking: dealer's label on the back of the frame: "Michael Bury / Fine English Watercolours / 20A Cheyne Walk, London SW3 / 071 351-0147"
Anthony Reed [Gallery]; Sale Christie's, London, November 24, 1998, lot 240; Private Collection, sold at the following; Christie's, London, London, July 5, 2011, lot 154; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel , Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 27, 2012–November 18, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 8, 2017–November 20, 2017.