John Glover has been described as the first distinctive Australian landscape painter, and in Deddington, south of Evandale, it is still possible to experience the rural landscapes he painted.
Long before Glover called Patterdale home, the landscape had been managed by Tasmanian Aborigines – the original owners of 'lutruwita' – using traditional land and fire management practices.
To Glover, the resulting landscape looked like beautiful English parkland. Today, the landscape remains remarkably similar. The farm and its pasture on the floor of the valley retains the unimpeded views to the surrounding rolling hills, with the same pattern of trees on the hillsides.
John Glover (1767-1849). My Harvest Home (1835), oil on canvas 76 x 114. Presented by Mrs Cecil Allport, 1935. Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery AG5
This landscape provided the backdrop for some of Glover's most recognized paintings including My Harvest Home (1834), A View of the Artist's House and Garden, Mills Plains (1834) and Patterdale Farm (1839).
The 4000 hectares which makes up Glover Country offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the picturesque landscape that Glover painted. Self-guided and personalized tours are available. For more information and to read about the conservation of Patterdale and Nile Farm click here.
April 18 is the International Day on Monuments and Sites. This year's theme – rural landscapes – raises awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits these efforts provide and how rural landscapes are intrinsically related with sustainable development.