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  • Title
    [Sketches in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Norfolk Island, ca. 1841-1847] / by John Skinner Prout
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXD 75
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1841-1847
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 20 watercolour, 2 pencil sketches - 37.5 x 40.5 or smaller

    John Skinner Prout, (1805-1876), artist, was born on 19 December 1805 at Plymouth, England. He arrived with his wife and seven children in Sydney on 14 December, 1840. He brought a complete lithographic printing press with him, and in early 1841 he started producing lithographed versions of his drawings of Sydney. In August 1842, the first part of 'Sydney Illustrated' was printed, followed by the second part, in November 1842. Due to a shortage of lithographic materials, the local press in mid 1843 recommended that local artists cease all attempts at producing lithographic views. Prout appears to have responded to this suggestion and suspended his work. 'Sydney Illustrated' was later recommenced and completed in 1844. In January 1844, Prout moved to Hobart and commenced drawing Hobart and environs for a series of lithographic views. During his time in Australia he went on many sketching trips throughout New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, often with the sketching clubs he helped organize. Prout and his family returned to England in April, 1848. Sources: Skinner Prout in Australia, 1840-48 by Tony Brown. ML Q759.994/53. Sydney Illustrated by J.S. Prout; with letter press description by J. Rae. ML F981.1/P. Australian Dictionary of Biography, online edition.
  • Scope and Content
    1. Police Office & C. George St., Sydney
    2. Sydney Cove
    3. Sydney from Lavender's [sic] Bay
    4. Snails Bay
    5. Lake Illawarra
    6. Near Newcastle on the Hunter River
    7. South Bank of the Yarra, Vic
    8. On the Plenty, near Melbourne
    9. On Mount Wellington Hobarton
    10. Hobarton, V.D.L. from Mount Wilson
    11. Valley of ferns, Hobarton
    12. Malvina's Glen. Fingal VDL
    13. Hobart from Mount Wellington
    14. Willoughby Falls
    15. Barbarossa Ranges
    16. Norfolk Island
    17. [Waterfall]
    18. [Australian shepherd's hut]
    19. [Seascape]
    20. [Beach and cliffs]
    21. [Bridge in bush]
    22. [Coast near Sydney]
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    No dates on works. Date estimated from information provided in the Mitchell Library catalogue card
    The sketches were later published as engravings in: Tasmania illustrated. Vol. I / by J.S. Prout. Hobart Town : [s.n.], 1844.; Australia / by Edwin Carton Booth ; illustrated with drawings by Skinner Prout, N. Chevalier, London : Virtue & Co., [1874-1876?]. Sydney Illustrated by J.S. Prout; with letter press description by J. Rae. Sydney : Tyrrell, [1948].
    The following sketches are from the David Scott Mitchell Collection. Provenance of item derived from a list of material that was deposited with the National Art Gallery (Art Gallery of N.S.W.), prior to the Mitchell Library's opening in 1910. [5.] Lake Illawarra -- [6.] Near Newcastle on the Hunter River -- [7.] South Bank of the Yarra, River -- [11.] Valley of Ferns, Hobarton -- [14.] Willoughby Falls -- [15.] Barbarossa Ranges -- [17.] [Waterfall] -- [18.] [Australian Shepherd's Hut] -- [22.] [Coast near Sydney]
    The following sketches are missing from the collection: [4.] Snails Bay -- [8.] On the Plenty, near Melbourne -- [10.] Hobarton, V.D.L. from Mount Wilson -- [11.] Valley of Ferns, Hobarton
    Image no. 18, 'Australian shepherd's hut', also titled 'Settler's hut interior', shows a poster on left of picture referring to the Queen's visit to Sir Robert Peel at Drayton Manor. This took place in December, 1843 (see Illustrated London News, 2 Dec. 1843). A similar poster is shown in a similar view published in that newspaper in March 1849. Source: Mitchell Picture card catalogue.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 972905
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

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    Built for the bush : the green architecture of rural Australia - Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (4 February - 18 July, 2010). Applies to: no. 18
    Australia - Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain) (September 2013 - December 2013). Applies to: no. 7
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