An image of The Italian coast near Naples

John Glover

(England, Australia 18 Feb 1767 – 09 Dec 1849)

The Italian coast near Naples

Not on display
Further information

When John Glover arrived in Tasmania at the age of sixty three after a long and successful career as a watercolourist and landscape painter in England, his compositions were criticised for being formulaic and mannered, but the landscape of his new home so reinvigorated his art that he was to produce some of the most visionary images of the Australian landscape. Italy was a favoured subject of many artists of the ninteenth century due to its connections with the major figures of landscape painting, Claude, Poussin and Rosa. It was also much admired by Glover - it was the place where he received some of his earliest training as an artist, and represented for him the essential subject of landscape painting. The wild, rocky mountains and clear light-filled sky in 'The Italian coast near Naples' are an antecedent to the transparent landscapes that characterised Glover's antipodean work.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Watercolour with gum highlights over traces of pencil ivory wove paper
21.7 x 42.0 cm image; 34.0 x 47.7 cm sheet; 47.0 x 66.0 x 2.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner on original window mount, black ink "J Glover 1828".

Purchased 1986
Accession number
Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sep 1986-Oct 1986, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the exhibition 'John Glover 1767-1849' held at Rex Irwin Art Dealer, 20 September - 28 October 1986.