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.
90/2007/8
Category
Fine Art
Collection Class
Drawings
Medium
pen and ink on paper
Common Name
A figure on a country lane
Simple Name
drawing
Inscription Transcription
M(am)head May 16.1809
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Production Town
Exeter
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
1809
Production Person Initials
John White
Production Person Surname
Abbott
Production Year Low

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Mamhead