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Bridge of Sighs VENICE. Samuel Prout lithograph c1839.

Bridge of Sighs VENICE. Samuel Prout lithograph c1839.


by Prout, Samuel

Beautiful Venice canal towards the Bridge of Sighs. The Bridge of Sighs is one of the best-known Venetian landmark... beyond the covered bridge that leads from the Doge’s Palace on the left to the prison. The Bridge was named for the unfortunates who were led to incarceration across the bridge.

Original hand-coloured lithograph c1839 by Samuel Prout (1783-1852) for his Sketches in France, Switzerland and Italy. Samuel Prout worked as a watercolourist for leading London publisher, Rudolph Ackermann. Prout secialized in picturesque views of Europe.

Aquatint prints dominated book illustration from 1790 to 1830, but Prout was more interested in the newer technique of lithography. He was one of the first English artists to perfect the process. In 1817 when Ackermann wrote an article praising lithography in his Repository of Arts, it was Prout who illustrated the text with an original lithographic print. As his audience for  topographical views grew, Prout made frequent trips across the continent of Europe, producing multiple series of tinted lithographs with hand-coloured highlights. This is one of his loveliest, and brings back wonderful memories of Venice!

There is no border around this image, as printed. There are a few faint foxing spots towards the top. Size 365 x 267mm. (It is currently on display at Brisbane Antique Emporium, supported by an 'antique white' conservation mount front and back. 

Stock Number: apProutVen.Price: $450.00