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Title

The artist's wife and children, Hobart


Artist

John Skinner Prout

England, Australia

19 Dec 1805 - 29 Sep 1876


About

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


Details


Other Title

(The artist's wife and family, Hobart)


Place where the work was made

Hobart Tasmania Australia


Date

1844


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour, white gouache, gum, scraping out on paper


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

257.1989


Artist information

John Skinner Prout

Works in the collection

31


Place

Where the work was made
Hobart

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Tony Brown and Marian Jameson, Hobart Town Rivulet artists' impressions, Hobart, 2008, 19 (colour illus.). cat.no. 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.). cat.no. 62; not paginated