Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen's Land
18 Feb 1767 - 09 Dec 1849
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.
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
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Bazaar and exhibition of pictures, Cornwell Assembly Rooms, 11 Mar 1851–26 Apr 1851
Exhibition of works of art, Launceston Mechanics Institute, 09 Apr 1860–24 May 1860
John Glover from the collection of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, The Little Gallery, 09 Jul 1971–30 Jul 1971
Art Treasures of Olympic Cities, Lausanne Olympic Museum, 22 Jun 1993–03 Oct 1993
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Australian Collection Focus: John Glover Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen's Land 1838, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 2001–24 Jun 2001