Australian Artists

The composition is traditionally English because we see a road winding in the centre, the trees on either side framing the picture and look quite like the English elm trees more than Australian Fauna. The lit up area in the centre leads your eye into the painting and the large stretch of sky is conventionally English. The overall picture is very comprehensive and shows a good depiction of the early development at that time, from the buildings to the arrangement of the trees and streets.

John Glover settled in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in 1831 after a successful artistic career in Britain. Such European landscape masters of the late 1700s as Claude Lorraine, Salvator Rosa, and Gaspard Poussin influenced Glover in his work. As a result, his landscapes are rendered in an idealized manner. Glovers painting The River Nile, Van Diemens land, show aspects, which reflect on his traditional European training. The trees are very spindly, roughly rubbery in shape, in which he has composed the trees to frame the painting. He has also been careful to show the distant landscape throug



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