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Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen's Land



John Glover

England, Australia

18 Feb 1767 – 09 Dec 1849

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  • Details

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    oil on canvas
    78.0 x 115.6 cm stretcher; 106.0 x 143.5 x 14 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. verso, pen and black ink ".../ J. Glover 1838".

    Purchased with assistance from Mr and Mrs J K Bain 1985
    South Building, ground level, Grand Courts
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    John Glover

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  • About

    The 33-year war between pakana (Tasmanian
    Aboriginal people) and colonisers was nearing its end
    when English artist John Glover emigrated to lutruwita
    / Tasmania in 1831. He arrived while the colony was
    under martial law following Lieutenant-Governor
    George Arthur’s 1828 proclamation for pakana to be
    removed from their lands ‘by whatever means a severe
    and inevitable necessity may dictate’.

    Glover befriended George Augustus Robinson,
    bricklayer-turned-missionary and self-proclaimed
    ‘Protector of the Aborigines’. Glover likely supported
    Robinson’s conciliation endeavours and later systematic
    removal of remaining pakana to nearby Vansittart Island
    – a history that Julie Gough references in her nearby
    work Dark Valley, Van Diemen’s Land 2008.

    This painting is one of Glover’s most important and
    subjective works, depicting pakana in the landscape
    he believed was theirs unaffected by colonisation. He
    paints pakana in the manicured, park-like plains that
    existed prior to his arrival – evidence of long-term
    Aboriginal land management practices.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 36 publications

Other works by John Glover

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