• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 419

    Samuel Prout, O.W.S. (Devon 1783-1852 London)

    A view of Dresden, Germany

    Price Realised  


    Samuel Prout, O.W.S. (Devon 1783-1852 London)
    A view of Dresden, Germany
    signed with monogram (lower right)
    pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, heightened with touches of bodycolour and with scratching out
    10¼ x 16 in. (26 x 40.6 cm.)

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    A journalist in the Somerset House Gazette said 'There are some views of towns, and some river scenes, of large dimensions, by Mr Prout, which, for pictorial character, originality of effect, depth of town, and general energy of style, excell all his former works, and may be regarded as wonders in watercolours' (E. Hardcastle, Somerset House Gazette, 2, 1824, pp. 477-8).

    Ruskin himself described the present watercolour as 'an exquisite drawing, and most curious in the entire contrast and calming down of Prout's usual broken touch into Renaissance smoothness. It is the best existing representation of the old town...' (J. Ruskin, Notes on Samuel Prout and William Hunt, 1880, p. 60 (reprinted in E.T. Cook and A. Wedderburn, Works, 1904, vol. XIV, p. 419).

    A pencil drawing of the same scene was sold at Sotheby's, 22 March 2005, lot 107.

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    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 March 1987, lot 92.
    with Colnaghi's, London, where purchased by the present owner.