Launceston and the river Tamar
18 Feb 1767 - 09 Dec 1849
In 1831 John Glover arrived in the Tamar River, Launceston after a five month journey from England with his wife Sarah, and son John Richardson Glover. This painting dates within the first years of Glover's arrival in Australia and testifies to his desire to capture the unique environment he encountered.
A view from Trevallyn of Launceston and the river Tamar, Van Dieman's Land
A Colonial Landscape, with minutely painted foreground. Love birds on the trees, & c.
oil on canvas
76.7 x 113.3 cm stretcher; 95 x 136.5 x 11.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., brown oil "J Glover". Not dated.
Anonymous gift 1972
Shown in 3 exhibitions
European masters and Australian painting from Australian collections:
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque:
Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, College of Fine Art Galleries, UNSW, 22 May 2014–05 Jul 2014
Referenced in 12 publications
Australian Gallery Directors Council, Old master paintings from the USSR: A survey of four centuries of European art. Report, 'John Glover', Sydney, 1979. cat.no. 47; catalogue entry
Susan Bruce, A treasury of Australian bush painting, Adelaide, 1979, 8 (colour illus.), 15. plate no. 7
Andrew Frost, Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, 'The engine of experience: contemporary art and SF', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 2014, 6, 12 (colour illus.), 43.
MH Grant, The old English landscape painters; vol. 5, England, 1959, (illus.) (plate 211) as 'Near Launceston, Tasmania'.
David Hansen, John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Hobart, 2003, 111 (colour illus.), 201 (colour illus.). cat.no. 65; titled 'Launceston and the River Tamar'; dated c.1832
Tony MacDougall (Editor), Australian Encyclopaedia Vol. 6, Sydney, 1996, 2330 (colour illus.).
John McPhee, Art Gallery of New South Wales collection series, 'John Glover: Ullswater from Patterdale', Sydney, 1981, illus..
John McPhee, The Art of John Glover, Melbourne, 1980, 26, 69, 88 (colour illus.).
John McPhee, John Glover, Launceston, 1977, 38, 43, 45.
David Muir (Director) and Malcolm Otton (Producer), Four Colonial painters 1832-1887, Lindfield, circa 1980. The Australian eye series is an historically grouped series of films on Australian painting made by Film Australia with the co-operation of the National Gallery and the Art Galleries in each state. Each program takes a major work of each of the particular artists from the period concerned, and examines that work in detail.
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Australian collection', pg. 52-62, Sydney, Jul 1972, 53 (colour illus.).
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art and Australia, Sydney, Jul 1972, 1 (illus.).