John Glover was a successful British painter and contemporary of Turner and John Constable. Glover painted in the picturesque style advocated by Claude Lorraine, taking the Grand Tour of Europe and wandering the moors and mountains of Britain in search of inspiration.
Glover immigrated to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) to join his children, arriving on 18 February 1831, coincidently his 64th birthday. He obtained one of the last large grants of land on the island, settling at Patterdale at Mills Plains, Deddington, 20 km from Evandale in 1832. Here he farmed and painted commissioned works for the landowners of the colony and landscapes for sale in London.
The quality of his painting changed in response to the strange landscape of this far-flung colony. He managed to capture its light and form with a freshness that preempted the Australian Impressionists, today he is known as the father of Australian landscape painting. Glover died in 1849 aged 82, he is buried at Nile Chapel, Deddington.
John Glover’s paintings are on display at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart and in major mainland galleries. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a substantial collection and the Louvre in Paris also holds his work.
John Glover paintings clockwise from top left; Mills Plains, Ben Lomond, Ben Loder & Ben Nevis in the Distance, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery Collection; Swilker Oak, National Trust Tasmania Clarendon Collection; Self Portrait, Collection Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.