Watercolor with pen and black ink and traces of graphite underdrawing
Image: 16 x 24.7 cm (6 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Sheet: 17.9 x 26.9 cm (7 1/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
Gift of the Painting and Drawing Society of The Cleveland Museum of Art 2005.200
In addition to working as a watercolorist, John White Abbott served professionally as an apothecary and surgeon.
This closely observed watercolor was made in Dartmoor—an expanse of moorland in southwest England capped with a series of more than 100 exposed granite hilltops known as "tors," ranging from the monolithic to the nondescript. John White Abbott chose a low vantage point that accentuated the looming immensity of the outcrop in whose shelter a herd of cows has converged. Almost austere in its lack of superfluous detail, this small sheet suggests the untamed quality of the Devon moors.
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