This is a lovely original antique watercolor by the well-listed British artist John Skinner Prout (1806 - 1876). We have included a biography at the end of the listing from the National Library of Australia, in which they noted that "Prout was one of the most talented artists who worked in colonial Australia." His best work, in my opinion, was done during his years in Australia.
Country of Origin: Australia and England.
Title: "The Water Mill."
Size: 8 1/8 inches tall by 11 3/4 inches wide (sight); framed 17 1/4 inches tall by 20 3/8 inches wide.
Signed: Lower left. (Hidden by matte).
Condition: The watercolor is in Good to Very Good Antique Condition. The matte on the right has water damage.
(The above information was given to me by the experts at Kodner Gallery).
**Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.
**Thanks to the National Library of Australia for the following biography.
John Skinner Prout (1805-1876) was born in Plymouth, England. Although his uncle was the leading English watercolourist Samuel Prout (1783-1852), he seems to have been largely self-trained. His earliest known lithograph was published in Penzance in 1827. In the following year he married Maria Marsh, an accomplished musician and painter. From 1831 to 1838 they lived in Bristol and Prout went on numerous sketching excursions in southern England, Wales and Ireland. He published four volumes of lithographs of antiquities of Bristol, Chester, York and Monmouthshire. In 1838 he moved to London, where he was elected a member of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours.
In 1840 Prout and his family emigrated to New South Wales. He became a member of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts and gave a number of lectures on painting. In 1842-44 he produced a four part set of lithographed views, Sydney Illustrated. He made several journeys into the country, sketching in the Blue Mountains, Newcastle, Port Stephens and Illawarra regions. In 1844 he moved to Van Diemen’s Land and began drawing a new lithographic series, Tasmania Illustrated. Another work, Views of Melbourne and Geelong was published in 1847. He made many trips in the colony, including a visit to Flinders Island, and encouraged friends to hold art exhibitions in Hobart in 1845 and 1846.
In 1848 Prout and his family returned to England and he lived in London for the rest of his life. In 1850 he produced a diorama, Voyage to Australia, and he updated it in 1851 to include the gold discoveries. He was re-elected to the New Society of Painters in Water Colours and exhibited at its annual shows until the year of his death. He continued to make sketching tours, illustrated articles on the colonies, and undertook commissions for lithographs.
Prout was one of the most talented artists who worked in colonial Australia. In his landscapes he was mainly concerned with revealing picturesque views, and exploring the effects of light and colour, rather than with topographical accuracy. His work influenced a number of colonial artists, such as Conrad Martens in New South Wales and Francis Simpkinson in Tasmania.
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John Skinner Prout (British 1806–1876) Original Antique Watercolor "The Water Mill"