Oct 7, 2009
Sep 1, 2005
Oct 7, 2009

Leigh Tor Rocks at Poundsgate, near New Bridge on the Dart, Devon

Leigh Tor Rocks at Poundsgate, near New Bridge on the Dart, Devon


John White Abbott

(British, 1763–1851)

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


Did you know?

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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