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.


  • Title: Patterdale farm
  • Creator: John Glover
  • Date Created: circa 1840
  • Physical Dimensions: 76.6 x 115.2 cm stretcher; 98.0 x 136.5 x 8.5 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1974
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England, Australia

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