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A Landscape and River Scene

Abraham Pether

A Landscape and River Scene

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ArtistAbraham Pether (1756-1812)
TitleA Landscape and River Scene
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensionsheight: 43.50 cm, width: 39.00 cm
AcquisitionPurchased from Puttick & Simpson, November 1949
LocationOther, other locations abroad,
GAC number1005

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Abraham Pether

Abraham Pether, a cousin of the painter William Pether, was born at Chichester and as a child showed a talent for music. However, he later became a pupil of the painter George Smith. His works mainly depict river and mountain scenery, often with classical buildings, although it was his popular moonlit views that inspired the nickname ‘Moonlight Pether’. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and Free Society of Artists. Despite some success Pether was never able to do more than provide for the basic needs of his wife and children. Towards the end of his life he was incapacitated by disease. The Artist’s Benevolent Fund faced severe criticism for not supporting his family after the artist’s death, despite their acute poverty.