Samuel Prout 1783-1852

Timothy Wilcox and John Spink

Samuel Prout 1783-1852

A Grand Tour in Watercolour

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A master of watercolour, Prout (1783-1852) was born in Plymouth and developed his eye for architectural detail whilst sketching the cottages, watermills and bridges of rural Devon. However, it was not until his first visit to the continent in 1819 that Prout truly discovered his forte.
Captivated by the quaint streets and market-places of Europe’s major cities and ports, Prout was able to capture their architectural features with a skill and diligence that no previous watercolourist had managed before.
His vibrant cityscapes earned Prout wide critical acclaim and he was rewarded with the title of ‘Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary’ to King George IV in 1829, and later Queen Victoria.
At the time of his death in 1852 there were few cities in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands that Prout had not visited and illustrated in his own incomparable style.

HB, 291 x 240 mm, 112 pages, over 80 illustrations mostly in colour