Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Samuel Prout

Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a British artist best known for his watercolors and drawings of buildings. 

One of his students was John Ruskin, and you can see Prout's influence in a lot of Ruskin's work.

Prout published several volumes of lithographs based on his drawings, but he was not a lithographer himself and I think the published prints vary a lot in quality. So the first image of Prout's work you stumble across might not give you a good idea of what his better stuff looks like. I'm sticking to the best reproductions here.

Here are two sketches of Norham in northern England, from a sketchbook now in the British Museum.

And last, a work I find weirdly magnificent, a drawing that reduces two ships to an outline of ropes and spars.

1 comment:

pootrsox said...

Oh these are so wonderful!! Thank you for sharing them.