Attrib. Samuel Prout, Ducal Palace, Venice - 19th-century watercolour painting

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. Samuel Prout Ducal Palace, Venice.

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.

Prout painted numerous views of Venice, seduced by the picturesque grandeur of its architecture, including views of the Doge's Palace from various viewpoints. The Doge's Palace's intricate facade in Venetian Gothic style particularly lent itself to Prout's meticulous topographical style. This watercolour appears to be unfinished in places, the artist's graphite underdrawing and workings visible, to the foreground in particular.

Watercolour with touches of bodycolour. 

Some age toning to the paper. There is a small circular patch of repair to the paper surface, in the water to the lower left of the palace, as shown. There is age toning to the verso, and some small paper remnants from historically being laid down.
10.7cm x 15.3cm.

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: JK-020

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