An image of (Bush landscape with waterfall, New South Wales)

John Skinner Prout

(England, Australia 19 Dec 1805 – 29 Sep 1876)

(Bush landscape with waterfall, New South Wales)

Other titles:
(Cascade Falls, Hobart), Cascade Falls, Tasmania, (Bush landscape with waterfall and an aborigine stalking native animals, New South Wales)
19th c Australian art
Further information

This rare oil painting by John Skinner Prout most likely depicts Willoughby Falls near Sydney. The luxuriantly forested landscape is filled with native plants and animals, appealing to an English Romantic taste for exotica. An idealised, Arcadian view, it is removed from the reality of European settlement at this time and its detrimental effects on the Indigenous population.

This painting was incorrectly recorded on several occasions as depicting a scene in Tasmania, where Prout worked between 1844 and 1848. A close study of the flora and fauna in the painting, however, substantiates that it is a NSW setting.

oil on canvas
70.5 x 91.4 cm stretcher; 89.8 x 110.8 x 6.8 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1976
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