John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
  • Mont Blanc
No date
Pen and grey ink, grey and blue wash
  • image height 263mm,
  • image width 347mm
mounted by the artist
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Mount Blanc from Mount Avert. / F.T. JWA”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Mont Blanc
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


Sold by the artist’s great-granddaughter Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892–1965) to Agnew’s (no.2601) on 3 December 1937 among a group of twenty-five John White Abbott drawings (including FT828, FT833b, FT833c). Agnew’s sold it to Walker’s Galleries on 22 February 1938. At some point before 1963 it was in the collection of E. M. Scott-Mason (see also 67, 818) and by 1961 was in the collection of Henry Charles Green (1883/1884–1966), who sold it at Sotheby’s on 18 October 1961, lot 2, to Colnaghi (no.A25612), who sold it on 15 January 1963 for £45 to Sir John Witt (1907–1982), at whose posthumous sale at Sotheby’s on 19 February 1987 it was sold as lot 100 for £1,400, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 19 February 1987, lot 100
Sir John Witt (1907 - 1982), London, 15 January 1963, GBP 45
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 18 October 1961, no.A25612
Sotheby's, London, London, 18 October 1961, lot 2
Henry Charles Green (1883/84 - 1966), 1961
Mrs E. M. Scott-Mason
Walker's Galleries, London, 22 February 1938
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 3 December 1937, no.2601
Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892 - 1965)
Exhibition History
The John Witt Collection, Part 11, English School, Courtauld Gallery, 1963, no. 59


Watercolour, 1809

This is a copy of a lost drawing by Towne (FT386), which may or may not have been the source of his 1808 Royal Academy exhibit (FT645). “Mount Avert” is Montanvert, but the drawing shows the Aiguille du Midi, with the peak of Mont Blanc itself off to the left of the picture. J. M. W. Turner chose the same viewpoint for a watercolour of 1809 (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester).


by Richard Stephens

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