John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
  • The Alps near the Source of the Rhine, descending Mount Splugen
No date
Pen and ink, grey and blue wash
  • image height 217mm,
  • image width 210mm
  • sheet, recto
  • “Snow” on mountain peak
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “The Alps near the source of the Rhine / descending Mount Splugen. Light L / FT JWA”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Near the Source of the Rhine
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 1997 Tate catalogue (image)


Sold by the artist’s great-granddaughter Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892–1965) to Agnew’s (no.2605) on 3 December 1937 among a group of twenty-five John White Abbott drawings (including FT818, FT833c, FT835). Agnew’s sold it on 27 April 1938 to Henry Herbert Harrod (d.1945), who bequeathed it to its present owner, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (E.2-1948).

Associated People & Organisations

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1948, E.2-1948
Henry Herbert Harrod (1870 - 1945), 27 April 1938
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 3 December 1937, no.2605
Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892 - 1965), 1937
Exhibition History
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 83


This is a copy of FT332, with the top of the mountain and the clouds taken from Towne’s outline on the verso of FT331.

by Richard Stephens

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