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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Solved: riddle of Glover painting view

The Mercury: Solved: riddle of Glover painting view [18jan06]

THE mystery surrounding a painting by Tasmanian colonial artist John Glover appears to have been solved by local historian Colin Dennison.

The painting was bought by the National Gallery of Australia at an auction last May.

It shows a scene on the banks of the Derwent, including a building among some trees.

The building was thought to be the Fox Inn at Glenorchy, owned by George Robinson.

But when Mr Dennison was contacted he pinpointed the building as an inn called The House in the Trees, whose licensee in 1839 was Edward Moore.

George Robinson operated the Black Snake Inn at Granton but was forced to sell it in 1836 because of ill health. He had also obtained the licence of the nearby Fox Inn but he closed thatand moved to Glenorchy.

It appears Robinson built another inn at Glenorchy, in the area now known as Dowsings Point, but called it The House in the Trees, not the Fox Inn.

Ron Radford, at the National Gallery, believes the painting was done in 1837, two years before Robinson's death.

Mr Dennison is an authority on Hobart pubs and is about to publish a book on the subject.

He said the painting was exciting because there had not been a precise record of the location of The House in the Trees or a picture of the pub.

Nowadays, the zinc works, Incat shipyard, the Army barracks and the Bowen Bridge have turned a quiet rural landscape into a busy industrial one.


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