The artist's wife and children, Hobart
John Skinner Prout
19 Dec 1805 - 29 Sep 1876
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
(The artist's wife and family, Hobart)
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".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 4 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991, cover (colour illus.). cat.no. 62; not paginated
Hobart Town Rivulet artists' impressions, Hobart, 2008, 19 (colour illus.). cat.no. 6
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 42 (colour illus.).
Unknown (Editor), The dictionary of Australian artists: painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870, Melbourne, 1992, 645 (illus.).