John GLOVER, Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land Enlarge | zoom 1 /1

On display on Level 1

John GLOVER

Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicester, England 1767 – Deddington, Tasmania, Australia 1849

  • Australia from 1831 c.1832 - c.1849 Deddington, near Ben Lomond, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 1831 - 1832 Hobart, Van Diemen's Land , Hobart, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 1805 - 1830 London, England, UK 1794 - 1805 Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, UK

Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land c.1838 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Dimensions: 48.2 h x 98.0 w cm framed (overall) 650 h x 1145 w x 55 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.218

Mr Robinson’s house on the Derwent, Van Diemen’s Land is one of John Glover’s most magical landscapes, and his earliest and loveliest portrait of a country house. With the light rising from the hills in the distance, radiating over the water and glistening on the leaves in the trees, the scene resembles an Arcadia – a blessed place. Glover shows that he was captivated by this new world where he arrived in 1831. His curly trees are not an affectation, but seem almost animated. The sky is luminescent, the encircling hills are drenched in warm sunlight, and majestic eucalypts stand as witness to the artist’s wonder at and respect for Australia.

Glover based the painting on a pencil drawing in the sketchbook (no. 102) that he began on 19 December 1834. The site is beside the Derwent Estuary at Glenorchy on the outskirts of Hobart. The substantial double-stoned colonial house with airy Australian verandas opening onto expansive grounds belonged to a Mr Robinson. The view looks eastward towards Hobart with the peak of Collins Cap visible in the centre and, on the left, the northern base of Mount Wellington.

 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Ron Radford (ed), Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008

Mr Robinson’s house on the Derwent, Van Diemen’s Land is one of John Glover’s most magical landscapes, and his earliest and loveliest portrait of a country house. With the light rising from the hills in the distance, radiating over the water and glistening on the leaves in the trees, the scene resembles an Arcadia—a blessed place. Glover shows that he was captivated by this new world where he arrived in 1831. His sinuous trees seem almost animated. The sky is luminescent, the encircling hills are drenched in warm sunlight, and majestic eucalypts stand as witness to the artist’s wonder at and respect for Australia.

Glover based the painting on a pencil drawing in the sketchbook (no. 102) that he began on 19 December 1834. The site is beside the Derwent Estuary at Glenorchy on the outskirts of Hobart. The substantial double-stoned colonial house with airy Australian verandas opening onto expansive grounds belonged to a Mr Robinson. The view looks eastward towards Hobart with the peak of Collins Cap visible in the centre and, on the left, the northern base of Mount Wellington.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014

John Glover's House on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land is one of his most magical landscapes and his earliest country house portrait. Seeing the light rising from the hills in the distance into the sky, radiating over · the water, and glistening on the leaves in the trees, we feel we are looking at an Arcadia, a blessed place. Glover shows that he is entranced by this new world where he arrived on 18 February 1831, the day of his 64th birthday. The sky is luminescent; the encircling hills are drenched in warm sunlight; and majestic eucalypts stand as witness to the artist's wonder at and respect for Australia.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra