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Valley of the ferns



John Skinner Prout

England, Australia

19 Dec 1805 - 29 Sep 1876


There are a number of watercolours by Skinner Prout of the same subject; it is also related to his lithograph 'Fern Tree Valley, Mount Wellington' in volume 1, part 2 of his series 'Tasmania illustrated' 1844.

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


Other Titles

Valley of ferns, Hobart, Tasmania

Valley of Ferns, Hobart



Media category


Materials used

watercolour, opaque white gum, scraping out on paper


39.5 x 59.2 cm sight; 71.6 x 90.1 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, brown watercolour "J.Skinner Prout". Not dated.


Purchased 1949


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Skinner Prout

Works in the collection


Shown in 12 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 66 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. 10

Tim Bonyhady, The colonial image: Australian painting 1800-1880, Canberra, 1987, 45 (colour illus.).

Tony Brown and Marian Jameson, Hobart Town Rivulet artists' impressions, Hobart, 2008, 18 (colour illus.). 5

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 8, 16 (illus.). 2

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 43 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg and Tony Brown, Skinner Prout in Australia 1840-48, Hobart, 1986, 35. 87

Frances McCarthy, Ian North and Daniel Thomas AM, Australian landscape 1802-1975, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. 10

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 1

Ian North., Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia: Seventh Adelaide Festival of Arts 1972, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. 10

Barry Pearce, Fifteen decades of Australian paintings, Sydney, 1981, (colour illus.). not paginated

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 36, 46 (colour illus.), 183. 8; in Japanese

Anne Ryan, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Colonial eyes', pg. 17-18, Sydney, 2000, 18, 24 (colour illus.), 301.

Bernard William Smith, European vision and the South Pacific, 1768-1850: a study in the history of art and ideas, Oxford, 1960, (illus.). plate no. 145