- (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
- Grand Courts
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
English painter John Glover’s refined evocation of light and his devoted attempts to capture the unique environments of his new home, made him one of the most admired painters in colonial Australia.
Painted towards the end of Glover’s career, 'Patterdale Farm' depicts the artist’s property at Mills Plains in northern lutruwita / Tasmania. The 33-year war between pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal people) and colonisers, was nearing its end when Glover emigrated in 1831.
'Patterdale Farm' was named after the town at the foot of the Ullswater in England’s picturesque Lake District, close to where Glover's home Blowick Farm stood. As the artist transplanted his English pastoral ideal onto Tasmanian soil, he adjusted his style and palette to celebrate local light, colour and sense of expanse. The far-reaching vista of undulating hills, decoratively dotted by trees, is foregrounded by signs of Glover’s settlement. With golden harmonic tones, Glover offers a vision of his new Arcadia; the pairing of pastoral wealth and natural wildness, and a statement of his immersion within it.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 03 Mar 1972–03 Apr 1972
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 04 May 1972–04 Jun 1972
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 04 Jul 1972–04 Aug 1972
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 05 Sep 1972–01 Oct 1972
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Nov 1972–17 Dec 1972
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 17 Jan 1973–11 Feb 1973
The Australian Landscape (1972-73), Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 01 Mar 1973–01 Apr 1973
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 27 Nov 2003–01 Feb 2004
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 19 Feb 2004–12 Apr 2004
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 24 Apr 2004–18 Jul 2004
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 13 Aug 2004–03 Oct 2004
Not as the songs of other lands: 19th century landscape painting in Australia and America, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville, 14 Mar 2017–11 Jun 2017
Grand Courts Collection Rehang, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 2021–2025
Referenced in 10 publications
Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. cat.no. 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.). cat.no. 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. cat.no. 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.). cat.no. 8; private collection
John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'The art that made me: Reg Mombassa', Sydney, Nov 2015, 13 (colour illus.).
Other works by John Glover
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