John White Abbott (1763-1851)

A rustic, Fordland

John White Abbott


Inscribed and dated in pencil verso: Fordland Aug 17.1826, pen and grey ink and grey washes recto, pencil sketches of rustics, verso, framed in a late 19th century stained and polished craquelure gesso finish

17 x 11.9 cm; 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches

Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, no. 39193

In 1825 John White Abbott the Exeter surgeon and apothecary inherited the Devon estate of Fordland from his uncle James White a barrister and non-conformist. He delighted in drawing the woodland on his estate, developing the style he learnt from Francis Towne his
drawing master with sophisticated handling of light and shade in the depiction of trees in monochrome.