J.S. Prout

(1806—1876) watercolour painter

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(1805–76), born Plymouth, England, came to Australia in 1840 and lectured on art in Sydney. An artist and lithographer, he organised in Hobart the first art exhibition held in Australia, and followed it with other successful exhibitions. He returned to England in 1848 but may have paid a subsequent visit to Australia. During his stay he published Sydney Illustrated (1842–44), with letterpress by John Rae, Tasmania Illustrated (1844–46) and Views of Melbourne and Geelong (1947). He also provided illustrations for the journal Heads of the People. After his return he published two popular works, An Illustrated Handbook of the Voyage to Australia (1852) and A Magical Trip to the Gold Regions (1853). His drawings were also used to illustrate E.C. Booth's Australia in 1876. A catalogue of the 1987 exhibition of Prout's work, Skinner Prout in Australia (1986), contains a biographical outline by Tony Brown and Hendrik Kolenberg.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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