Abbey on the Lake – Late 18th Century


Romantic scene of an ancient abbey on the decline, situated on the edge of a lake in a mountainous setting. We notice two peasants on the far shore. The location could not be identified, but it could be an artistic rearrangement of the abbey of Hautecombe.

A recent restoration comprising the removal of oxidized varnish and many repaints has led to the discovery of a white heron (Ardea alba) on the near shoreline.


Artist: Unknown (Unsigned).

Noted on back: 1770 and initialled M.D.?

Medium: Oil on wood.

Condition: Good condition. Recently cleaned.

Dimensions: 30 x 22.5 cm. / 11.7 x 8.7 in.

Frame: 38 x 31 cm. / 15 x 12 in. Gilt wood, Napoleon III style. Minor imperfections.

Provenance: Ulm, Germany.