A figure on a country lane

‘Mamhead’ by John White Abbott, about 1809. Pen and ink on paper. Mamhead is a small village community near Kenton and Dawlish, in South Devon. Mamhead is surrounded by Haldon Forest and is known for its Mamhead House Estate. Abbott’s drawing depicts a view of a lane facing towards the coast, with the sea on the horizon.

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 an 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
pen and ink on paper
Common Name
A figure on a country lane
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
M(am)head May 16.1809
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
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Production Country
United Kingdom: England
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Production Person Initials
John White
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