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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,U.7

  • Description

    Portrait of Mrs Wells, actress; half-length young lady wearing high-crowned hat with ribbons, smiling, looking up to left. 1792 Red, black and white chalk and watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1792
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
    • Width: 133 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed and dated: "J Downman 1792"
  • Curator's comments

    Formerly stamped as 1868,0612.2366 on the mount but there is no such number in the register. Binyon states that the drawing was purchased in June 1868.

    There is a study by Downman of Mrs Wells as one of the Merry Wives of Windsor in Volume 6 of the Fourth Series of his 'First Sketches of Portraits of distinguished persons' (1936,1116.31.23). Croft-Murray notes that the conical hat which she wears in that study, and which resembles the one worn here, "seems to have been peculiar to the costume of the Wives in eighteenth-century presentations of the play."
    [BM Quarterly, Vol.XIV.3 (1940), p.66]

    Williamson reproduces this in <i>John Downman ARA</i> (London, 1907), p.60, as well as a portrait of her with the comedian John Edwin, which was then in the Hodgkins Collection, p.33.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PIV)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date

    1753-1991

  • Acquisition notes

    Not known how acquired.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1991,U.7

Portrait of Mrs Wells, actress; HL young lady wearing high-crowned hat with ribbons, smiling, looking up to l. 1792 Red, black and white chalk and watercolour

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Portrait of Mrs Wells, actress; HL young lady wearing high-crowned hat with ribbons, smiling, looking up to l. 1792 Red, black and white chalk and watercolour

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