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John White Abbott (1763-1851)

Biography of the painter John White Abbott (1763-1851)

John White Abbott (1763-1851) was born at Cowick on the outskirts of Exeter on 13th May 1763 and educated in Exeter.

A friend and pupil of Francis Towne, Abbott came from a wealthy family who owned estates around Exeter, one of which was Fordlands, which he inherited in 1825.

Abbott trained and practiced as a surgeon in the city whilst drawing and painting for recreation, which became more important to him as his reputation grew.

Abbott exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1793-1827. He rarely left the West Country to paint. His only extended journey was to Scotland, the Lake District, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire in 1791.

Abbott's drawing style is very close to Towne’s with neat pen outlines and light, clear colour washes or a grey wash.

He died in 1851.

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Lot FS20/446

Lot FS20/446: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Exeter City, A View From the Cathedral, Figures on A Path in the Foreground

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Exeter City, a view from the Cathedral, figures on a path in the foreground - initialled and dated May 1815 pen.

Estimate: £600 - £900
Realised: £580

Lot FS20/448

Lot FS20/448: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - A Study of A Group of Trees in Parkland

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - A study of a group of trees in parkland - pen and grey ink and grey wash on two sheets of paper laid down 25.5 x 35.75cm.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £3,400

Lot FS20/449

Lot FS20/449: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Fordland, A Stream Running Through Woodland

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Fordland, a stream running through woodland - signed with initials and dated 1797 bottom middle, also initialled JWA dated 1797 and inscribed 'Fordland, finished on the spot' on the reverse of drawing pencil drawing, 29.5 x 21.5cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £900

Lot FS20/453

Lot FS20/453: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Unloading Cargo, Shore Scene with Wagon, Horses and Beached Sailing Craft

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Unloading cargo, shore scene with wagon, horses and beached sailing craft - pen and grey ink and grey wash, 14.5 x 20cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £650

Lot FS20/447

Lot FS20/447: John White Abbott[1763-1851] - Fordland, Two Figures Conversing by A Stream, One Mounted on Horseback

John White Abbott[1763-1851] - Fordland, two figures conversing by a stream, one mounted on horseback - initialled and dated 1797 inscribed bottom left, also initialled dated and inscribed on reverse 'Fordland finished on the spot' pencil drawing, 29.5 x 215cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £300

Lot FS20/451

Lot FS20/451: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - The Lake of Como

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - The Lake of Como - initialled JWA and FT and inscribed on reverse of paper pen and grey ink and grey and brown wash, 15.5 x 2175cms.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £720

Lot FS20/452

Lot FS20/452: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Lake of Walenstadt

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - Lake of Walenstadt - Initialled JWA and FT and inscribed with title on reverse pen and grey ink and grey wash 19 x 25cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £720

Lot FS20/450

Lot FS20/450: John White Abbott [1763-1851] - A Cottage At the Edge of Woodland by A Quarry, Thought To Be 'Newton', Devon

John White Abbott [1763-1851] - A cottage at the edge of woodland by a quarry, thought to be 'Newton', Devon - pen and grey ink and grey wash 15.5 x 22cm.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £720