Waterfall near Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, John Skinner Prout
  • Artist
    John Skinner Prout
  • Born
    1805
  • Died
    1876
  • Title
    Waterfall near Lake St. Clair, Tasmania
  • Date of Production
    1847
  • Medium
    oil on board
  • Dimensions
    44.9 x 34.8 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of the Wendouree Charitable Trust, 1975

John Skinner Prout

Waterfall near Lake St. Clair, Tasmania

John Skinner Prout, who was largely self taught, produced numerous architectural lithographs before emigrating to New South Wales in 1840 where he generated a great deal of interest in watercolour painting.  In 1844 Prout left for van Diemens Land where he not only exhibited but also gave a number of lectures to promote art; undertook numerous sketching trips, and produced a new lithographic series before returning permanently to England in1848.

An important Colonial landscape artist John Skinner Prout is well known for his picturesque scenes, many of which were painted in watercolour that is well suited to the Australian landscape and its intense light. Although painted in oil Waterfall near Lake St Clair also reflects these qualities.