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Title

The artist's wife and children, Hobart

1844

Artist

John Skinner Prout

England, Australia

19 Dec 1805 - 29 Sep 1876

  • 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
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    John Skinner Prout

    Works in the collection

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Hobart

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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