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An image of The artist's wife and children, Hobart by John Skinner Prout

John Skinner Prout

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

The artist's wife and children, Hobart
Other titles:
(The artist's wife and family, Hobart)
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
watercolour, white gouache, gum, scraping out on paper

27.2 x 37.2 cm sheet; 51 x 59.5 x 2.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown ink "J S Prout/ 1844".
Purchased 1989
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

John Skinner Prout's compositions were firmly grounded in English picturesque taste and his practise of drawing 'en plein air' influenced those with whom he came in contact in New South Wales and Tasmania, leading to a spontaneous and naturalistic way of depicting the landscape, an antecedent to late nineteenth-century Impressionism. Prout's compositional simplicity, economy, cool colouring and the spontaneity of his watercolour technique place him far in advance of most of his colonial contemporaries. 'The artist's wife and children, Hobart' depicts Prout's wife and large family picnicking along the banks of the Hobart Rivulet shortly after their arrival in Tasmania in 1844.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (4)

Tony Brown and Marian Jameson, Hobart Town Rivulet artists' impressions, Hobart, 2008, 19 (colour illus.). 6

Joan Kerr (Editor), The dictionary of Australian artists: painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870, Melbourne, 1992, 645 (illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 42 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991, cover (colour illus.). 62; not paginated

Exhibition history (3)

Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991

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

Hobart Town rivulet: artists' impressions, State Library of Tasmania, Hobart, 31 Oct 2008–28 Feb 2009