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Prout, John Skinner (1806-1876) 

Gender: Male

Functions, occupations and activities
Painter and printmaker ; born in Plymouth, England (1806) ; nephew of Samuel Prout ; toured the west of England making watercolour sketches (1830s), several of which were published in "Castles and Abbeys of Monmouthshire" (1838) ; elected to the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours (1838), but membership lapsed during his extended stay in Australia (from 1840) ; travelled extensively in New South Wales ; gave a series of lectures at the Mechanics Institute, Sydney ; moved to Hobart, Tasmania (1843), and founded an art school ; imported a lithographic press from England and issued collected volumes of lithographed views, including "Sydney illustrated" (1844) and "Tasmania illustrated" (1844-1846) ; with G T W B Boyes, Prout organized Tasmania's first art exhibition at the Legislative Council Chambers, Hobart ; returned to England (1848) and lived in Bristol and London ; re-elected as an Associate of the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours (1849) and became a full member (1862) ; died in London (29 August 1876).


Family relationship with Prout, Samuel (1783-1852)
John Prout was Samuel Prout's nephew

Archival Resources
Number noted: 3

Letter to J Paget, 1868
Held at: Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
Document reference: Dc.4.102 misc. f.84

Correspondence regarding purchase of Prout watercolour of Chester, 1955-1984
Held at: Private
Document reference: Artists' Files A-Z

Sketchbook containing studies of boats, figures, views in Cornwall, etc, 1830
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Designs, Prints and Drawings
Document reference: E.706-1923

Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55