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Government House, Sydney fine engraving after Skinner Prout, c1874.

Government House, Sydney fine engraving after Skinner Prout, c1874.

by Prout, John Skinner

Skinner Prout antique print of Government House Sydney, looking across Sydney Harbour, with sailing ship at anchor.

Beautiful steel engraving by John Saddler (fl. 1850-1879), after a drawing by prominent English landscape artist and engraver John Skinner Prout (1805-1876) for Edwin Carton Booth’s Australia Illustrated published in London circa 1874 by Virtue and Company. This series of views are quite collectable - particularly as records of places that has been considerably changed by development. This lovely engraving has fine later hand-colour.

Skinner Prout was born in Plymouth, England, and in 1840, arrived in Sydney with his wife and seven children. He brought a complete lithographic printing press with him, and in early 1841 he started producing lithographed versions of his drawings o Sydney. In January 1844 Prout moved to Hobart and commenced drawing Hobart and its environs for a series of lithographs. Skinner Prout went on many sketching trips throughout NSW, TAS and VIC, often accompanying sketching clubs that he helped to organize. Prout and his family returned to England in April 1848.

The scanner had a problem with the fine lines of this engraving. The engraving is in good condition with wide margins as published. Page size is 215 x 270mm (8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches). Engraving size is 125 x 175mm (4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches).

Stock Number: apBooth7cPrice: $132.00

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