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It is believed that Alfred Augustus Glendening was born around 1840 in Greenwich, London.  He was originally employed as a railway clerk before turning to painting as a full-time landscape artist.


Glendening perfected a soft delicate technique that depicts the cultivated landscape with always a sense of human habitation. His work became immensely popular with the new wealthy middle class of the city dwellers who, through his work, experienced a nostalgic re-connection with the country side and country life.


Naturalistic views of Kent, the Sussex Downs and the River Thames proved immensely popular with Londoners. Further afield, his views of Norfolk and Yorkshire and the more picturesque scenes of Scotland and Wales found an eager market.


Glendening exhibited some 47 works at the Royal Academy during the 1865-1903, and at the British Institute.  His son and pupil was Alfred Glendening Junior. Both painted broadly realistic landscapes, in a style similar to that of Alfred de Breanski.


Glendening died in 1910.  His work is held in city museum collections throughout the United Kingdom.


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