Patterdale, Van Diemen's Land

John GLOVER: attributed artist

Not On Display

About the work

After a successful career in Britain as a landscape artist, John Glover and his wife emigrated to Tasmania in 1831 to join their sons. In 1832 he took up land and called his farm Patterdale after a property he had owned in the Lakes District of England. In coming to terms with the unfamiliar landscape of Australia, Glover had to reassess his indebtedness to a picturesque style of composition. He looked afresh at the sinuous eucalypt trees, the strong clear light and the straggly, more confused nature of the Australian bush, which often closed off vistas rather than presented an expansive landscape. Patterdale, Van Diemen's Land shows the natural and the human landscapes interacting and in harmony. Glover is often acknowledged as one of the first European artists to capture the essence of the Australian landscape.
Patterdale, Van Diemen's Land
Artist/Maker and role
John GLOVER: attributed artist
oil on canvas
76 x 117 cm
102 x 143.5 cm (framed)
Credit line
Purchased with funds from the Great Australian Paintings Appeal with funds presented by Westralian Forest Industries, 1978
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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