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Cathedral Of Clonfert (Original Antique Lithograph By Samuel Prout)
London Circa 1822-1826 1825 - Original Engraving, Mounted On A Card Which Is Mounted On A Larger Card. One Of A Large Collection Of Original Antique Engravings Formed By A Southern California Artist In The Early To Middle Twentieth Century. Each Plate Has Small Glue Marks On Reverse Where They Were Tipped In To An Album. Samuel Prout (1783 ¿ 1852) Was One Of The Masters Of British Watercolour Architectural Painting. Prout Secured The Position Of Painter In Water-Colours In Ordinary To King George Iv In 1829 And Afterwards To Queen Victoria. John Ruskin, Whose Work Often Emulated Prout's, Wrote In 1844, "Sometimes I Tire Of Turner, But Never Of Prout". Prout Is Often Compared To His Contemporaries; Turner, Gainsborough, Constable And Ruskin, Whom He Taught. He Was One Of The First To Use Lithography.His Eye Caught The Picturesque Features Of The Architecture, And His Hand Recorded Them With Skill. The Composition Of His Drawings Was Exquisitely Natural; Their Colour Exhibited "The Truest And Happiest Association In Sun And Shade"; The Picturesque Remnants Of Ancient Architecture Were Rendered With The Happiest Breadth And Largeness, With The Heartiest Perception And Enjoyment Of Their Time-Worn Ruggedness; And The Solemnity Of Great Cathedrals Was Brought Out With Striking Effect.[2] He Established His Reputation With These Street Scenes, And Gained Praise From His Erstwhile Student John Ruskin. Until Prout, Says Ruskin, Excessive And Clumsy Artificiality Characterized The Picturesque: What Ruins Early Artists Drew "Looked As If Broken Down On Purpose; What Weeds They Put On Seemed Put On For Ornament". To Prout, Therefore, Goes Credit For The Creation Of The Essential Characteristics Lacking In Earlier Art, In Particular "That Feeling Which Results From The Influence, Among The Noble Lines Of Architecture, Of The Rent And The Rust, The Fissure, The Lichen, And The Weed, And From The Writings Upon The Pages Of Ancient Walls Of The Confused Hieroglyphics Of Human History". Prout, In Other Words, Does Not Unfeelingly Depict Signs Of Age And Decay Chiefly For The Sake Of Interesting Textures, But Rather Employs These Textures And Other Characteristics Of The Picturesque To Create Deeply Felt Impressions Of Age Nobly Endured. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books, Pasadena, Member IOBA]
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