John White Abbott

English watercolourist and painter (1763 - 1851) specialising in topographical views, as well as an apothecary and surgeon

Abbott was a keen amateur artist whose work shows an extreme sensitivity to nature that reflects the attitude of English landscape artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was an important patron of the artist Francis Towne (1739 - 1816) from whom he took lessons and whose work he copied in watercolour. He was also influenced by the artists Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788) and Claude Lorrain (1604/5 - 1682).

Abbott was an Honourary Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1793 to 1805 and also in 1810 and 1812, but he never sold any of his work. He spent his entire life working as a surgeon and apothecary in Exeter though he toured Scotland, the Lake District , Lancashire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire in 1791. He made a few other tours later in his life but almost all of his work was done in and around his home town.

Abbott was the nephew of prominent lawyer John White (dates unrecorded) and in 1825 he inherited his estate and subsequently retired to become a country gentleman. He was made Deputy Lieutenant of Devonshire in 1831.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1763-05-13
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Devon: Exeter
  • Died
    1851
  • Place of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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