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An image of Patterdale farm by John Glover

John Glover

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

Patterdale farm
(circa 1840)
Media category
Materials used
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.
Purchased 1974
Accession number
19th c Australian art
Further information

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.

Bibliography (8)

Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. 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, Surry Hills, 2009, 327, 328.

David Hansen, John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 234, 235 (colour illus.). 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', Surry Hills, 20 Oct 1986, 6.

Frances McCarthy, Ian North and Daniel Thomas, Australian landscape 1802-1975, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. 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.). 8; private collection

Exhibition history (2)

The Australian Landscape (1972-73):

John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque: