(England, Australia 18 Feb 1767–09 Dec 1849)
21.7 x 42.0 cm sheet; 47.5 x 66.5 x 2.3cm frame
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
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Patricia James (Author), 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Domain, 2005, 9, 25 (colour illus.).
David Hansen (Australia, b.1958) (Author), John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 188, 189 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54; titled 'Coast near Naples'; dated 1828
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Domain, 2000, 18, 22 (colour illus.), 300.
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. not paginated, cat.no. 28
'The Italian Coast near Naples' by Martin Terry, Look Jun 1987, Jun 1987, 20-21 (colour illus.).
John McPhee (Author), John Glover 1767-1849, Sydney, 1986, 27 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23
The sixth exhibition of the Society of British artists, Royal Society of British Artists, 1829–1829.
John Glover 1767-1849, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, 30 Sep 1986–28 Oct 1986.
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991.
English landscape watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 29 Apr 1997–07 Jul 1997.
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 27 Nov 2003–01 Feb 2004.
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Art Gallery of South Australia, 19 Feb 2004–12 Apr 2004.
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, National Gallery of Australia, 24 Apr 2004–18 Jul 2004.
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 13 Aug 2004–03 Oct 2004.
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005.