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AGNES DEAN ABBATT Near Barnstable, Cape Cod.
Oil on canvas, circa 1890. 400x825 mm; 15 3/4x33 inches. Signed and titled in oil, verso.
Ex-collection private collection, New York.
Exhibited "62nd Annual Exhibition," Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1892, with the label on the frame back.
Abbatt (1847-1917) was born in New York and early on decided to become an artist. In the 1870s she attended Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design in New York and pursued figural art. She left the Academy after a year to study landscape painting (1874-75) under James D. Smillie and Robert S. Gifford. She became well-known for her landscapes and was only the second woman elected to the American Watercolor Society. She is listed in American Women: Fifteen Hundred Biographies (Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore, 1897), in which the current painting is cited as one of her most notable works.