Jaques and the Wounded Stag

‘Jaques and the Wounded Stag (previously entitled Stag Coming to Drink)’ by John White Abbott, 1838. This oil on canvas depicts a landscape scene dominated by lush vegetation: on the right a stag approaches a stream. Beyond the stag a number of deer are seen running away. On the left bank a reclining man with a horn and staff watches. Two further male figures watch the scene through branches on the far left.

John White Abbott (1763-1851) was born and educated in Exeter, where he also practised as a surgeon. Through his uncle, James White, he met Francis Towne who initially gave him drawing lessons and later became a sketching companion. Although White Abbott exhibited annually at the Royal Academy between 1793 and 1805, he never gave up his profession as a surgeon. In 1771 he made his only extended tour out of the West Country travelling through Derbyshire, Lancashire, and the Lake District and up to Scotland.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
Jaques and the Wounded Stag
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PAINTED BY JOHN WHITE ABBOTT ESQ OF FORDLAND HON RA BORN AT EXTER 1763 DIED 1851; Barnby Bendall & Co Depository Cheltenham Mrs Prevost
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Production Country
United Kingdom: England
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Production Person Initials
John White
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Jaques and the Wounded Stag (previously entitled Stag Coming to Drink)