Description
Creator
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
Title(s)
  • Lake Como
Date
No date
Medium
Pencil, pen and brown ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 159mm,
  • image width 203mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “J.W.A.F.T. Lake of Como No.19”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
Lake Como, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT824
Description Sources
Spink records; Sotheby’s records (image)

Provenance

Descended through the White Abbott family until 9 December 1981, when it was acquired by Spink & Son from J. N. White Abbott. Spink sold it on 20 May 1982 for £450 to Bowyer. This drawing was sold at Sotheby’s on 11 November 1993, lot 81, for £700.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Sotheby's, London, London, 11 November 1993, lot 81
Gordon Bowyer, 20 May 1982, GBP 450
Ursula Bowyer, 20 May 1982, GBP 450
Captain John White Abbott (20th Century)
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 135
English Watercolour Drawings Annual Exhibition 1982, Spink, 1982, no. 12

Comment

This is a version of a now unidentified drawing (FT311). No.18 in that series is a drawing of Lake Lugano, no.20 is of Lake Maggiore. In a 2013 Bearnes auction catalogue, this work was described as “very similar” to FT825.

by Richard Stephens

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