Description
Creator
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
Title(s)
  • Trees at Peamore
Date
1802
Medium
Pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 395mm,
  • image width 505mm
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “JWA” monogram and dated “1802”
Inscription
  • label, verso
  • “Peamore Devon, from a drawing by – Mr Towne – JWA – 1803 – The right hand tree only – copied. Given to Francis Abbott – March 1. 1832.”
  • attached to the backboard
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Tree study at Peamore, Leeds City Art Gallery
Catalogue Number
FT836
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Witt Library (image)

Provenance

The drawing was sold at Sotheby’s on 22 November 1979, lot 181, whereafter it is untraced. The provenance was then given as John Drew; Elizabeth Drew, 1836; and by descent to the seller. However, according to the label’s inscription, the drawing was given in 1832 to Francis White Abbott, the artist’s son and Towne’s godson.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Sotheby's, London, London, 22 November 1979
lot 181
Francis White Abbott (1801), 1832

Comment

These trees were among John White Abbott’s favourite subjects, and he returned to Peamore repeatedly to sketch them. This version is based largely on FT624. Two other large finished watercolours of these trees are known, both dated 1799 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and National Gallery, Washington DC).

watercolour, pen and ink, 1799

Figure 1.
John White Abbott, Trees at Peamore Park, Exeter, watercolour, pen and ink, 1799


Digital image courtesy of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, PD.42-1980

by Richard Stephens

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