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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
    Not on display
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    John Glover

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  • About

    John Glover was already an established artist when he emigrated to Tasmania in 1831 at the age of 64. A highly successful watercolourist and painter of Arcadian views in the tradition of French landscapist Claude Lorrain, Glover quickly adapted his picturesque style and luminous technique to his new surrounds.

    One of his most subjective works, this painting is informed by European notions of an Antipodean Arcadia, with Indigenous people living in a landscape unsullied by European contact. However, 'Natives on the Ouse River' stands in marked contrast to the actual situation of the traditional owners of Ouse River country - the Braylwunyer people of the Big River nation - which was one of dispossession and violence at the hands of the colonists.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 36 publications

Other works by John Glover

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