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Title

The Italian coast near Naples


Artist

John Glover

England, Australia

18 Feb 1767 - 09 Dec 1849


About

When John Glover arrived in Tasmania at the age of sixty three after a long and successful career as a watercolourist and landscape painter in England, his compositions were criticised for being formulaic and mannered, but the landscape of his new home so reinvigorated his art that he was to produce some of the most visionary images of the Australian landscape. Italy was a favoured subject of many artists of the ninteenth century due to its connections with the major figures of landscape painting, Claude, Poussin and Rosa. It was also much admired by Glover - it was the place where he received some of his earliest training as an artist, and represented for him the essential subject of landscape painting. The wild, rocky mountains and clear light-filled sky in 'The Italian coast near Naples' are an antecedent to the transparent landscapes that characterised Glover's antipodean work.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Date

1828


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, gum on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

21.7 x 42.0 cm sheet; 47.5 x 66.5 x 2.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner on original window mount, black ink "J Glover 1828".


Credit

Purchased 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

253.1986


Artist information

John Glover

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


David Hansen, John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 188, 189 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54; titled 'Coast near Naples'; dated 1828

Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991. not paginated, cat.no. 28

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 9, 25 (colour illus.).

John McPhee, John Glover 1767-1849, Sydney, 1986, 27 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23

Anne Ryan, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Colonial eyes', pg. 17-18, Sydney, 2000, 18, 22 (colour illus.), 300.

Martin Terry, Look, 'The Italian Coast near Naples', Heidelberg, Jun 1987, 20-21 (colour illus.).