Prout, Samuel (1783-1852), was born and educated at Plymouth, but in 1802 came to London to illustrate Britton's Beauties of England. In 1804 he first exhibited at the Royal Academy, and he soon became well known for his delineation of country scenes. In 1815 he was elected to the Water Colour Society, and in 1818 made a tour in Normandy. Six years later he travelled in Italy, Germany, and Bohemia. Years afterwards the results of this were seen in Slietches in France, Italy, and Switzerland, which raised his reputation as a painter of foreign towns to an equal height with that he had attained as an English artist by his Views of Northern England (1821). His great picture, The Indiaman Ashore,-was painted in 1819.