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Patterdale farm

(circa 1840)


John Glover

England, Australia

18 Feb 1767 - 09 Dec 1849


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.



(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


Artist information

John Glover

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. 8; private collection

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'John Bull and the Little Boy at Manly', pg. 321-333, Sydney, 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.

Meighen Katz, Not as the songs of other lands: 19th century Australian and American landscape painting, 2017, 2-3 (colour illus.); 75 (colour illus.).

Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'An eye for Glover''s nature', Sydney, 20 Oct 1986, 6.

Frances McCarthy, Ian North and Daniel Thomas AM, 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

John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'The art that made me: Reg Mombassa', Sydney, Nov 2015, 13 (colour illus.).