On the Beach at Dover

On the Beach at Dover



Samuel Gillespie Prout (1822-1911)
On the Beach at Dover

Signed lower right:
Gillespie Prout
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out
44.1 by 32.6 cm., 17 ¼ by 12 ¾ in.

The youngest of four, Samuel Gillespie's style was heavily influenced by that of his father, also Samuel. Following his father's death in 1852, Samuel moved with his mother to Devon, where he remained for much of the rest of his life. He became well known for his religious writings and for his charitable works both at home and abroad, including organising vital food supplies to the citizens of Paris after the 1871 siege, as well as to Spain during the civil war of 1874 and Egypt during the famine of 1884.