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Hobart Town from Mount Nelson



John Skinner Prout

England, Australia

19 Dec 1805 - 29 Sep 1876


John Skinner Prout was a nephew of English watercolourist Samuel Prout (1783-1852), although there is no evidence the senior artist had any influence on him. Little is known about Skinner Prout's early life. He established himself as a professional artist and teacher at the age of 21 in England, teaching drawing and exhibiting watercolours. A member of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours from 1838, he produced his first volume of lithographs, 'Picturesque antiquities of Bristol' in 1834, and three more (Antiquities of Chester, Antiquities of York and The castles and abbeys of Monmouthshire) before emigrating with his family to Australia in 1840.

Prout brought a lithographic press with him when he came to Australia from England and began making prints upon his arrival in Sydney. His Sydney Illustrated, issued in four parts, comprises 15 lithographs including title page. He commenced Tasmania illustrated shortly after moving to Hobart in 1844; from May to December he travelled the environs of Hobart collecting material for the series. Published in two folio volumes between 1844 and 1846, 'Hobart Town from Mount Nelson' is from part four of the first volume, which consisted of twelve views on eleven plates, first issued in four parts in 1844 and as one volume in 1845. The second volume has six plates.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998




Media category


Materials used

lithograph, printed in black ink with cream tint on white wove paper


27.6 x 41.4 cm image; 28.5 x 42.4 cm borders; 31.0 x 44.4 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed on stone to print l.l., "J.S. Prout". Not dated.


Purchased 1958


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Skinner Prout

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 1 publication


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 21 (illus.). 21