Happy Birthday Samuel Prout!! English painter, born in 1783, Prout was best known for his watercolor. Born in Plymouth, he began his artistic experience painting rustic scenes of English countryside and architecture. His career took a turning point in 1818 when he began to paint street scenes. He earned the favor of King George IV and then Queen Victoria. The watercolor painting below, Ratisbon Cathedral, was created in the late 1800s.