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John Glover

British, 1767 - 1849

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The son of an impoverished Leicestershire farmer, in 1794 he set up as a drawing master in Lichfield, Staffordshire. One of the founder members of the Old water-Colour Society in 1804, he was instrumental in its short-lived reconstruction as a society of watercolor and oil painters (and briefly its president), but withdrew in 1817, the year he made his unsuccessful bid for election to the Royal Academy. In 1820 he held the first of his one-man shows in London, and in 1824 helped set up the Society of British Artists. Glover undertook regular sketching trips in Britain, notably to North Wales and the Lake District, and from 1814 on the Continent. In 1831 he emigrated to Tasmania, using his substantial savings to set himself up as a sheep farmer. (Wilton/Lyles 1993, p. 316)

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