Patterdale Farm was a painting that depicted an Australian farm landscape in Tasmania way back in the early 18th century. Looking at the painting we could perceive what John Glover wanted us to see and experience through the picture.
The vast and green surroundings provided a calm and relaxing feeling, ideal for an afternoon rest after a long day of hard work. The late afternoon sunlight gives a fair low temperature perfectly blended for anyone to enjoy such a peaceful and cosy atmosphere. This portrait must have been painted in spring time. All the grasses are green, and the leaves of the trees are alive and in full bloom. The cattle seemed to be in their best place enjoying a favourable time under the sun.
Upon looking closer at the painting, we see a gentleman wearing a nice blue tailcoat sitting down under the tree looking up at the mountain with a dog beside him. He didn’t look like a herdsman to me. He looked more like a speculator scouting for a perfect place to be utilized and be made profitable. He looked lonely as he only had a dog for a companion.
This was a very detailed painting recreating the beautiful, vast and raw Australian landscape. Perhaps this was what the early colonial people wanted to show to the people in England so they would be encouraged to move and live in Australia.