Mar 9, 2012

Interior of a Cathedral

Interior of a Cathedral

c. 1820s

Samuel Prout

(British, 1783–1852)

Gray and brown wash with point of brush and pen and brown ink with watercolor heightened with gouache

Support: Heavy, moderately textured cream wove paper

Sheet: 43.3 x 30 cm (17 1/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.560


Did you know?

Rather than showing a specific church, this drawing seems to depict an amalgamation of Gothic architecture, capturing a mood and not a particular place.


Samuel Prout’s watercolors of picturesque views and architectural marvels of Italy, France, Germany, and Switzerland attracted a wide audience, helped inspire travel, and shaped the English perception of Continental Europe. The influential critic John Ruskin became a close friend, neighbor, and great supporter of the artist, declaring in the Art Journal in 1849 that no other artist expressed architectural detail in more "splendid accumulation" or "patient love" than Prout.

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