John Glover Statue
Public Art : John Glover Statue
Sculptor : © Peter Corlett
Description: A bronze true life size statue of
English/ Australian artist John Glover (18th February, 1767- 9th December, 1849).
Commissioned by: The John Glover Society Inc.
Date Unveiled: The statue of John Glover was unveiled
on the anniversary of his birthday (and also the date he arrived in Tasmania in 1831) , the 18th of February, 2003,
by the Governor of Tasmania, the honourable Sir Guy Green AC, KBE, CVO.
Location: Falls Park, Evandale, Tasmania.
John Glover was born on February 18th, 1767 at Houghton-on-the-Hill, near Leicester, England. He became
a landscape artist of high repute and a member of the British Society of Painters in Watercolours, of
which he was elected President in 1807.
He first esxhibited in oils in 1799 at The Royal Academy, London, and had his first major success as a
painter in that medium. Continuing to exhibit at The Royal Academy, he sold his view of Durham
Cathedral in 1812 for 500 guineas. He exhinited in Paris in 1814, and was presented with a gold medal
by Louis XVIII. In 1820 John Glover opened his own gallery at 16 Bond Street, London and was very
Three of glover's sons left England for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), arriving in 1829. Two years later
John Glover and his wife Sarah joined them, arriving at the River Tamer near Launceston on the artist's
birthday, February 18th, 1831. He was allocated land at Mill's Plains, Ben Lomond (Deddington) where he
built his home. The property, which he named "Patterdale", is approximately 20km from Evandale. it is
from there he painted wonderful Tasmanian scenes of his newly discovered "Arcadian" landscapes.
In 1835 he sent works to London for and exhibition depicting the scenery and customs of the inabitants
of Van Diemen's Land. In November 2001 one of these paintings, "Mount Welligton and Hobart Town With
Natives Dancing and Bathing", sold for more than $1.5 million. His oil paintings are on display at the
Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, major Australian and
British art galleries and the Louve in Paris.
John Glover died at "Patterdale" on Dcember 9th, 1849 and is intered in a vault at Nile Chapel,
John Glover Trivia :
John Glover is known as the "father of Australian landscape"
He came to live in Australia at the ripe old age of 64 and acquired one of the largest land grants in Van
Diemen's Land at the time.
He named his new property Patterdale in honour of Blowick Farm, a property he once owned near
Patterdale in the English Lake District.
John Glover had two club feet and weighed over 18 stone.
He started his painting career by copying paintings of the great masters.
His last brush to canvas was completed on his 79th birthday.
He was nicknamed the "English Claude" as he had a similar style to 17th century French painter Claude
Each year Evandale hosts the Glover Prize for landscape painting of Tasmania with the prize money of
$35,000 and a minature bronze sculpture of Peter Corlett's John Glover statue.