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

Lake Como
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Spink records; Sotheby’s records (image)


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

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


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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