British Institution for promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom [including] Catalogue of the Works of British Artists placed in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall-Mall…. John GLOVER.

British Institution for promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom…
British Institution for promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom [including] Catalogue of the Works of British Artists placed in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall-Mall…

London: W. Bulmer, 1817.

Quarto, 28pp., uncut; light pencil sketches on final page; original plain paper wrappers.

With early notices of the work of John Glover and William Westall

Very rare original documentation of works exhibited at the British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts (usually known as the British Institution), which had been founded in 1806 as a private club for connoisseurs, and to exhibit the works of both contemporaries and Old Masters. Admission cost a shilling. These exhibition catalogues are only very rarely offered for sale, and are scarce in libraries. Works by both John Glover and William Westall are recorded in this catalogue for 1817, at which time both John Glover and William Westall were living in London. The catalogue records respectively two and four paintings by the two artists, alongside works by Turner and Constable.

Very rare original documentation of works exhibited at the British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts (usually known as the British Institution), which had been founded in 1806 as a private club for connoisseurs, and to exhibit the works of both contemporaries and Old Masters. Admission cost a shilling. These exhibition catalogues are only very rarely offered for sale, and are scarce in libraries. Works by both John Glover and William Westall are recorded in this catalogue for 1817, at which time both John Glover and William Westall were living in London. The catalogue records respectively two and four paintings by the two artists, alongside works by Turner and Constable.

The notes on the artists appended to the catalogue give Glover's address as Montague Square. Glover, who had begun exhibiting at the British Institution in 1810, showed two paintings in the annual exhibition for 1817, listed as 'A Farm Yard' and 'Cephalis and Procris' (Cephalis, properly "Cephalus", was the mythological figure given a javelin that always hit its target by the goddess Eos, with which he accidentally killed his wife after a misunderstanding). To an Australian audience, of course, Glover's importance lies in the work he did after his arrival in Hobart. Glover arrived in 1831, having followed his three sons, who had sailed for Van Diemen's Land in 1829.

Also in the same exhibition are paintings by William Westall, who is listed as residing with his brother Richard, in either Bedford Square or Lake Grasmere. Westall was famous for his work as landscape artist on Matthew Flinders' exploration of Australia aboard the Investigator, and it was the same brother Richard who restored many of his pencil-and-wash drawings after they were damaged in the wreck of the Porpoise. William had returned to London in 1805, where he established himself as an associate of the Royal Academy in 1812, and where he was commissioned to paint nine pictures to illustrate Flinders' A Voyage to Terra Australis of 1814. The exhibition catalogue here lists four paintings by Westall, a 'Distant View of Lake Windermere, from the Road between Troutbeck and Kirkstone'; a 'View in the Garden of Corpus Christi College, Oxford'; 'View from the garden of a Mandarin on the river beyond Canton in China'; and 'Lake Windermere, with Stone Hall'.

Condition Report: A little dusted, and used at some time for pressing ferns which have lightly offset some pages, but very good.

Price (AUD): $6,250.00

US$4,531.01   Other currencies

Ref: #3712441

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