PROUT, Samuel

1783 - 1852

Samuel Prout was born at Devonport, Devon on 17 September and baptised on 30 November 1783, fourth of fourteen children of Samuel Prout, a naval outfitter, and his wife Mary née Cater. Educated at Plymouth Grammar School where the headmaster was John Bidlake (17551814) author, artist and educator. One of his school friends was Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846) and together spent time drawing the quiet cottages, rustic bridges and watermills of Devon. In 1803 he moved to London and married in 1810, Elizabeth Gillespie they had three daughters and a son, earning a living painting marine pieces for printseller Thomas Palser (born 1805), took students, and published drawing books for learners. In 1818 Prout made his first visit to the Continent and made his reputation with the street scenes and there was hardly a place in France, Germany, Italy or the Netherlands where his face had not been seen searching for antique gables and sculptured pieces of stone to paint. Prout secured the position of Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary to King George IV in 1829 and afterwards to Queen Victoria. One of the masters of British watercolour and exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850 two watercolours 'A View of Sydney, New South Wales' and 'A Coast Scene near Sydney'. He died after a stroke at his home, 5 De Crespigny Terrace, Denmark Hill, London on 10 February 1852, and buried in West Norwood Cemetery. His son Samuel Gillespie Prout followed in his father's footsteps as an artist.







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