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An image of The Italian coast near Naples by John Glover

John Glover

(England, Australia 18 Feb 1767 – 09 Dec 1849)

The Italian coast near Naples
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour, gum on ivory wove paper

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".
Purchased 1986
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (6)

David Hansen, John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 188, 189 (colour illus.). 54; titled 'Coast near Naples'; dated 1828

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

Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991. not paginated, 28

John McPhee, John Glover 1767-1849, Sydney, 1986, 27 (colour illus.). 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.).

Exhibition history (6)

The sixth exhibition of the Society of British artists, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1829–1829

John Glover 1767-1849, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, 30 Sep 1986–28 Oct 1986

Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991

English landscape watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Apr 1997–07 Jul 1997

John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque:

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005