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Title Landscape with Abraham and Isaac
Collection Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
Artist Abbott, John White (British painter, 1763-1851)
After Dughet, Gaspard (French landscape painter, 1615-1675, active in Italy)
Date Earliest about 1824
Date Latest possibly about 1840
Description In the Old Testament, God tested Abraham's obedience by ordering him to go into the mountains of Moriah and sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Their figures are visible in the lower right of this painting which acts more a landscape than a religious image. The original version was painted by Gaspard Dughet and attracted much attention in the nineteenth century when it was imported from Italy and later purchased by the National Gallery in London. The colours and composition of John White Abbott's interpretation are faithful to Dughet's and it is suggested the copy was made directly from the original.
Current Accession Number 52/1929/3
Subject landscape; religion (Abraham sacrificing Isaac)
Measurements 85.9 x 114.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs E. Prevost 1929
Provenance By descent from the artist to Mrs E. Prevost by marriage.
Principal Exhibitions Gaspard Dughet, called Gaspar Poussin, 1615-1675: A French Landscape Painter in Seventeenth Century Rome and his Influence on British Art, Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, London, 1980, cat. no. 78; Paintings and Drawing by Francis Towne (1739/40-1816) and John White Abbott (1763-1851), Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery, Exeter, 1971, cat. no. 19.
Publications Baker, J., Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter: Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture in the Permanent Collection, 1978, p. 12; French, A., Gaspard Dughet, called Gaspar Poussin, 1615-1675: A French Landscape Painter in Seventeenth Century Rome and his Influence on British Art, London, 1980, p. 90; Wine, H., National Gallery Catalogues: The Seventeenth Century French Paintings, London, 2001, p. 143.
Notes

Back of stretcher: Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, exhibition label; label 'BARNBY BENDALL & Co. / DEPOSITORY, CHELTENHAM / Mrs. Prevost / 4'; handwritten 'WO / 15446/4'; two museum accession labels; printed label, 'PAINTED BY JOHN WHYTE ABBOTT ESQ. OF FORDLAND / [...]N. R. A. / Born at Exeter 1763. Died 1851.'; 'F413'; written twice, 'J / WhA / 1911 / Exh. / No. 19', second time ends, 'No. 18'. Back of frame: handwritten 'LDN', '1831'.

Mrs E. Prevost, The Cottage, Huntley, Gloucester.

Rights Owner Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe
 

 

 

 

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