Monday, 10 March 2014

John Glover, The Artist

John Glover was an English/Australian artist in what is known as the early colonial period of Australian art. In Australia he has been dubbed the father of Australian landscape painting.

John Glover was born in Leicestershire, England. He showed a talent for drawing at an early age, and in 1794 was practising as an artist and drawing-master at Lichfield. The Countess of Harrington helped establish his practice as an art instructor, and may have taken lessons from him herself.
 
Removed to London in 1805, became a member of the Old Water Colour Society, and was elected its president in 1807. In the ensuing years he exhibited a large number of pictures at the exhibitions of this society, and also at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists. He had one-man shows in London in 1823 and 1824. He was a very successful artist and, although never elected a member of the Academy, his reputation stood very high with the public.

Glover arrived in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), Australia on his 64th birthday in 1831, two decades before the goldrush of the 1850s. He brought with him a strong reputation as a landscape painter. He acquired one of the largest grants of land in Van Diemen's Land at the time at Mills Plains, Deddington. He named his new property Patterdale after Blowick Farm, a property near Patterdale, at the foot of Ullswater in the Lake District. (Information via Wikipedia)

Amazing as it may seem, my husbands GGGrandfather his wife and some of their children resided not far from Patterdale and as legend has it and knew the Glover's.

John Died at Patterdale in December 1849.

These two art works are from his Patterdale property.




14 comments:

  1. Thank you for the fabulous share .
    I love learning about art and artists.

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    1. You are welcome. We sometimes don't get the opportunity to see such paintings from other countries unless the artist is extremely well known.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this artist with us. The paintings are beautiful!

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    1. You are welcome Beth, they are indeed lovely. With no camera's it was a way of showing us life in the country back then.

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  3. They are beautiful. I love this kind of art. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Landscapes like these two photos I like as well.
      You are welcome.

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  4. What beautiful paintings - how interesting that he moved to Tasmania when he was really quite old.

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    1. They are indeed Rosemary. I have no idea why he moved to Tasmania, if only I knew, but then I bet someone does.

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  5. Love these bucolic scenes. So peaceful and beautiful.

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    1. It's peaceful out that way, hardly a soul about.

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  6. How very beautiful and interesting. Always fun to visit with you.
    Have a lovely day.

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