Torolf Prytz was a Norwegian architect, goldsmith and politician for the Liberal Party.
He was born in Alstahaug as the son of bailiff Eiler Hagerup Krog Prytz, Senior (1812–1900) and his wife Anne Margrethe Thomessen (1820–1900). However, he soon started a cooperation with goldsmith Oluf Tostrup, a son of goldsmith Jacob Tostrup and co-owner in his company J. Tostrup.
He also served as Norwegian Minister of Industrial Provisioning from 1917 to 1918 and President of the Norwegian Red Cross from 1922 to 1930. In his early career, he learned the skills of an architect. After completing his education in Hannover, he was an assistant of Georg Andreas Bulletin.
Prytz became formally affiliated with J. Tostrup in 1882, when Oluf Tostrup died.
In 1884, after two years of studying, he was promoted from head designer to co-owner. When Jacob Tostrup died in 1890, Prytz bought the entire company, but kept the name.
He was an innovative filigree designer, and strengthened the company"s position as one of the leading goldsmith companies in Norway. In 1898 he was behind the moving into a new store, Tostrup Yard (Tostrupgården), on Karl Johans gate which was built between 1893 and 1898 with Prytz, Waldemar Hansteen and Christian Fürst as architects.
He served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament during the term 1900–1903, representing the constituency of Kristiania, Hønefoss og Kongsvinger, and served as Minister of Industrial Provisioning from 1917 to 1918.
From 1922 to 1930 he was the President of the Norwegian Red Cross. Prytz also chaired the board of Den norske Husflidsforening from 1907 to 1935, the National Institute of Technology from 1916 to 1935 and the Norwegian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design from 1929 to 1934. He was among the founders of Den norske Husflidsforening and the National Institute of Technology, as well the Norges Gullsmedforbund.
The latter became a co-owner of J. Torolf Prytz also was the father of Anne-Margrethe (Mosse) (1888-1960) who was married 1 July 1908 to Erik Cappelen Knudsen (1882-1954), Borgestad Manor, who was the eldest son of Gunnar Knudsen.
Torolf Prytz died in June 1938 in Vestre Aker.
He served as a member of the board of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design from 1884 to 1934, Den norske Husflidsforening from 1891 to 1937 and the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry from 1892 to 1900 and 1904 to 1928. Torolf Prytz was a member of the Norwegian cabinet when Gunnar Knudsen was Norwegian prime minister for the second time.