Attrib. Samuel Prout, Watchtower by River, Italy -Early 19th-century watercolour


An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. Samuel Prout Watchtower by River, Italy.

This fine small topographical watercolour displays the highly distinctive precision of Samuel Prout (1783-1852). Prout, one of the masters of British watercolour architectural painting, was Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary to King George IV, 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria.

Watercolour with bodycolour. On watercolour card.

There is age toning to the picture, and minor abrasions to the far edges of the paper. On the verso there are some small paper remnants and small abrasions from historically being laid down, which do not affect the front.
12.8cm x 8.7cm.

Samuel Prout (1783-1852) undertook regular sketching tours, first in Britain and later on the Continent – travelling extremely widely across Germany, Italy (especially Venice) and the Netherlands. His resulting atmospheric watercolours of picturesque architecture were highly popular and influential, widely reproduced as lithographic illustrations.

His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the British Museum, Courtauld Gallery, Tate and V&A; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Manchester Art Gallery; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

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Product code: JJ-711

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