The Persian Cyclamen

Abraham Pether (1756 - 1812)
William, I Elmes

Colour aquatint and engraving

1804
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Iran
    City: Tehran
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    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.

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    Places
    Middle East, Iraq
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, aquatint, colour aquatint
  • Details
    Title
    The Persian Cyclamen
    Date
    1804
    Medium
    Colour aquatint and engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 52.50 cm, width: 41.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Frank T Sabin, February 1959
    GAC number
    4875