Jean Francois Antoine Rivaz
Jean Francois Antoine Rivaz

LEMUEL FRANCIS ABBOTT (c.1760-1802)

Jean Francois Antoine Rivaz

c. 1780 England

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7873P
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
WEARING A BROWN COAT & WHITE CHEMISE
SAID TO BE JEAN FRANCOIS ANTOINE RIVAZ
1730-1808

LEMUEL FRANCIS ABBOTT

c.1760 -1802 Labels verso
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches
Framed size 34 x 29 inches

Abbott was born in Leicestershire circa 1760 and was the son of a clergyman.
He went on to become a portrait painter and briefly studied with Hayman and then completed his studies at home.
He moved to London and was settled there by 1784 and by 1787 was married.
Abbott exhibited his portraits at the Royal Academy from 1788 to 1789. He was in a good practice especially with naval officers and government officials and could achieve a crisp likeness of the sitter and very characteristic. His full-length figures stand rather insecurely sometimes.
Ben Marshall was apprenticed to him for three years from 1791.
By July 1798 he was certified as insane and never recovered but portraits by him were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1799 and 1800.
Abbott painted many notable figures including Lord Nelson, Admiral Hood, William Cowper, Matthew Boulton and many others.
Abbott’s paintings are often attributed to more famous artists which is a tribute to how good he was in a sadly short career.

Abbott died in London on 5 December 1802.

Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse

Works Represented: Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Claydon House N.T Buckinghamshire; NPG Edinburgh; National Maritime Museum Greenwich; NPG London; Tate Britain; Sheffield City Art Gallery amongst others.
Dimensions
Height 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Width 25.00 inch (63.50 cm)
External Height 34.00 inch (86.36 cm)
External Width 29.00 inch (73.66 cm)
Stock Code
7873P
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