Painted towards the end of John Glover’s career, 'Patterdale Farm' depicts the artist’s Australian property at Mills Plains in northern Tasmania, named after the town at the foot of the Ullswater in England’s picturesque Lake District, close to where his home Blowick Farm stood.
'Patterdale Farm' reveals the painter’s distinctive technique, whereby colour is applied in transparent veils, with diluted layers of oil delicately brushed in over a cream white ground. Glover’s sensibility and refined evocation of the light and landscape of Tasmania made him one of the most admired painters in colonial Australia.
oil on canvas
76.6 x 115.2 cm stretcher; 98.0 x 136.5 x 8.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Shown in 2 exhibitions
The Australian Landscape (1972-73):
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 03 Mar 1972–03 Apr 1972
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 04 May 1972–04 Jun 1972
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 04 Jul 1972–04 Aug 1972
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 05 Sep 1972–01 Oct 1972
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 14 Nov 1972–17 Dec 1972
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 17 Jan 1973–11 Feb 1973
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 01 Mar 1973–01 Apr 1973
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque:
Referenced in 8 publications
Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. cat.no. 8; private collection
Edmund Capon, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'John Bull and the Little Boy at Manly', pg. 321-333, Sydney, 2009, 327, 328.
David Hansen, John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 234, 235 (colour illus.). cat.no. 87; titled 'Patterdale Farm'; dated c.1839
Terry Ingram, The Australian financial review, 'Another Glover for NSW: an "exercise in painting"', Sydney, 22 Aug 1974, page number unknown.
Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'An eye for Glover''s nature', Sydney, 20 Oct 1986, 6.
Frances McCarthy, Ian North and Daniel Thomas, Australian landscape 1802-1975, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. cat.no. 8; private collection
Kirsten McKenzie, A Swindler's progress: Nobles and convicts in the age of liberty, Sydney, 2009, between pg 172 and 173 (colour illus.). titled 'Padderdale Farm'
Ian North., Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia: Seventh Adelaide Festival of Arts 1972, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972, (colour illus.). cat.no. 8; private collection