Description
Creator
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
Title(s)
  • Lake Como
Date
No date
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, brown and grey washes
Dimensions
  • image height 155mm,
  • image width 217mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “The Lake of Como” and initialled “JWA” and “FT”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
Lake Como looking towards Monte Legnone, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT825
Description Sources
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood records (image)

Provenance

Sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter on 23 October 2013, lot 451 (see also 830), by a deceased estate. It is probably the same drawing offered by the White Abbott family at Sotheby’s on 11 November 1993, lot 88, where it did not sell (although Sotheby’s gave marginally different dimensions—150 x 210 mm—and described ink as brown rather than grey). Two of the 2013 group had been given to the artist’s daughter, Elizabeth Abbott, in 1832.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Bearne's, Exeter, 23 October 2013, lot 451
[?] Sotheby's, London, London, 11 November 1993, lot 88
Unsold.
Elizabeth Abbott, Exeter, 1832

Comment

This is a copy of a lost drawing by Towne (FT316a), similar in viewpoint to FT316.

by Richard Stephens

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