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An image of Cockatoo Island, Parramatta River by John Skinner Prout

John Skinner Prout

(England, Australia 19 Dec 1805 – 29 Sep 1876)

Cockatoo Island, Parramatta River
Media category
Materials used
pencil, white gouache on green-grey paper

16.0 x 26.7 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, pencil "J.S. Prout". Dated dated l.l. corner "... Feb 21.43".
Gift of W.T. Robertson 1991
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This is a study for the lithograph in Part III of Skinner Prout's series 'Sydney illustrated' 1843. Accompanying it, John Rae wrote:

"The view is taken from the high grounds of Balmain, overlooking Parramatta River, near the road which has been recently cut through the bush to Sydney, round the head of Darling Harbour, and not far distant from Birch Grove, the delightful seat of Captain M'Lean, Principal Superintendent of Hyde Park Barracks ... In the foreground of the picture, we have a specimen of the bush scenery that prevails along the banks of the Parramatta River and Port Jackson".

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 9, 38 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

The remaining works of the late J Skinner Prout, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 26 Feb 1877 -

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005