John GLOVER, Patterdale landscape with cattle Enlarge | zoom 1 /1


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

Patterdale landscape with cattle [Australian landscape with cattle: the artist's property Patterdale] c.1833 Place made: Deddington, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Dimensions: 76.8 h x 114.6 w cm framed (overall) 1075 h x 1450 w x 145 d mm
Acknowledgement: Rex Nan Kivell Collection: The National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia
Accession No: NGA TEMP.321

John Glover was undoubtedly Australia’s most important colonial artist before 1850. Indeed, he is ranked as one of the most significant landscape artists of his generation working outside Europe.

After a successful career in England, Glover arrived in Tasmania on 18 February 1831, the day of his 64th birthday. The Glovers lived in Melville Street, Hobart, before moving in March 1832 to take up a land grant at Patterdale on the Nile River at Deddington, at the foot of the mountain Ben Lomond. Reinvigorated by the colony’s landscape, light and colour, Glover found a new creative impetus in Australia. He painted vital images of the Australian landscape suffused with light.

Patterdale landscape with cattle is one of the first paintings Glover completed after settling on his Nile River property. The preliminary drawing for it features mature, spreading gum trees as its central motif, with the fertile river flats of Mills Plains in the middle distance and wooded hills beyond. It is a pastoral scene, presenting Australia as a place of plenty—a land of cattle and sheep. The hardships that Glover and other settlers experienced in developing their land are not evident in this painting.

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