c1827 Watercolour of Rialto Bridge Venice attrib Samuel Prout
  • c1827 Watercolour of Rialto Bridge Venice attrib Samuel Prout
  • c1827 Watercolour of Rialto Bridge Venice attrib Samuel Prout

c1827 Watercolour of Rialto Bridge Venice attrib Samuel Prout



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A fine architectural, heavily detailed watercolour of the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

The painting which dates around 1827, shows the Southwest aspect of the Rialto Bridge on the Canal Grande, with boats and Gondolas on either side. The painting is typical of the work of the Plymouth artist Samuel Prout, one of the masters of British watercolour architectural painting and Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary to King George IV in 1829 and afterwards to Queen Victoria. His style puts great emphasis on the technical drawings of buildings. It appears to be unsigned, although there is a faint P on the left-hand side, so we are attributing to him. The picture is mounted, framed and glazed and is in good condition, with a bit of wear to the frame. It was purchased in Plymouth.
Samuel Prout (1782-1852) was born at Plymouth, At School he was encouraged to pursue his artistic apprenticeship. He spent whole summers drawing the quiet cottages, rustic bridges and romantic watermills of the beautiful valleys of Devon. With John Britton, he made a journey through Cornwall to try his hand in furnishing sketches for Britton's Beauties of England. In 1803 he moved to London, where he endeavoured to correct and improve his style by studying the works of the rising school of landscape painters. To earn a living, he painted marine pieces for Palser, the printseller, took students and published drawing books for learners. He was one of the first artists to use lithography.

Around 1818, Prout discovered his niche. He made his first visit to the Continent, studying the quaint streets and market-places of continental cities and suddenly found himself in a new and enchanting province of art. His eye caught the picturesque features of the architecture, and his hand recorded them with skill. The composition of his drawings was exquisitely natural; their colour exhibited "the truest and happiest association in sun and shade"; the picturesque remnants of ancient architecture were rendered with the happiest breadth and largeness, with the heartiest perception and enjoyment of their time-worn ruggedness. John Ruskin, whose work often emulated Prout's, wrote in 1844, "Sometimes I tire of Turner, but never of Prout".

Size image: 42 x 28cm ( 16 ½ x 11 inches )
Size frame: 60.5 x 50 x 4.5cm ( 24 x 20 x 2)
Weight: 3.1kg


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