The Village Postman
Research by Barbra Cropper
Alfred Augustus Glendening was a London landscape painter who is believed to have been born in Greenwich in 1840. He started work as a railway clerk but then soon became one of the most popular landscape artists of his time.
Subjects include views on the River Thames, in the southern counties, Wales and Scotland. In the Scottish Highlands he enjoyed painting dramatic landscapes, which included lochs and cattle.
His son and pupil, also named Alfred Augustus Glendening, was born in 1861. They both painted in a broad realistic fashion similar to Alfred Breanski, whose technique was to particularly focus on the effects of light and colour in the landscape, often Impressionistic in style.
Alfred A Glendening Senior exhibited at the Royal Academy between1865 and 1903.
His other works include:
Resting by the Wayside
Crossing the Mill Stream
Peaceful Waters along the Thames
A Well Earned Rest (1903)
Herding the Sheep along the Country Lane
However, it should be noted that Christies (2014) attribute this painting to his son, Alfred Augustus Glendening, Jnr (1861-1907); further investigation is required.
The Village Postman seems unusual for Glendening as it features four figures, although it could be compared to Resting by the Wayside, which features three figures and a flock of sheep. In this painting light touches of white on the trees is a reminder of Constable, who uses this effect. The red jumper also shows that he had viewed Constable's paintings, which often contained this characteristic touch of red paint.
Both paintings have a path weaving through the trees. However, in the Village Postman the colours are predominately greens whereas Resting by the Wayside is mainly bright yellows and soft greens with a distinctly Impressionist touch. A comparison of these two paintings would suggest that The Village Postman may have been one of his earlier works.
Dictionary of Victorian Painters
The Royal Society of British Artists
1824-1893, Antique Collectors Club