PROUT'S MICROCOSM The Artist's Sketch-book of Groups of Figures, Shipping, And other Picturesque Objects. By Samuel Prout, F.S.A. Painter in Water Colours in Ordinary to Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Albert.
London: Tilt & Bogue: Original blind stamped cloth with gilt titles. titles and decoration to spine. The Microcosm, was a drawing book for the use of students and artists in practising groups of people and maritime scenes for compositional ideas. Also included is an additional engraved page with 4 views entitled "Baptistry, Cromless & Cottages near St Austell". This engraving was published in July 1811 by T. Palser. loose engraving 50cm x 35cm. Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a water colour painter, print artist and a pioneer of lithography. From 1819-29 he toured extensively in France, the Low Countries and Italy and sketches in this volume reflect these visits including Normandy and Venice. Prout's draughtsmanship was admired by Ruskin who praised him in Modern Painters and The Stones of Venice. According to COPAC these plates were first issued as part works in 1822, but this 1841 volume was the first full edition in book form.