Description
Creator
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
Title(s)
  • Lake Geneva
Date
No date
Medium
Pen and ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 257mm,
  • image width 699mm
Support
paper watermarked “J WHATMAN 1813”
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Savoy side of the Lake of Geneva / [. . .]ng by Fr.Towne JWA”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
On Lake Geneva towards Savoy, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT833
Description Sources
Witt Library (image); Spink records

Provenance

In the collection of Theodore Besterman (1904–1976) before it was on sale at Spink in 1982. It was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1985, lot 172. Spink owned it in spring 1987.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Spink & Son, London, 1987
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1985
lot 172
Spink & Son, London, London, 1982
Theodore Besterman
Untraced
Exhibition History
English Watercolour Drawings Annual Exhibition 1982, Spink, 1982, no. 4

Comment

This is a copy of an otherwise unknown drawing by Towne (FT378). The subject is close to Towne’s other panoramic view of the lake (FT374FT375FT376), which White Abbott also copied (FT832).

by Richard Stephens

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