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Study for a portrait of Master Albert Way, founder of the Archaeological Institute, and eldest son of the Rev Lewis Way, for the group of his four children. 1817
Charcoal, touched with black and red chalk
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Height: 304 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing is in Volume I of the Fourth Series of Downman's 'First Sketches of Portraits of distinguished persons'. For further details see 1936,1116.27.1.
This accompanies, in the same volume, studies of his father, Lewis Way, his mother, Mary Drewe, and three of his siblings, Drusilla, Anna Mary, and Olivia; Lewis' brothers Benjamin and William, and the latter's wife (1936,1116.27.6-9, and 11-15). The Department also owns finished portraits of Mary Drewe, a group of the four children using this study, and one of their great-grandfather (1927.1210.1-3) given by Albert's granddaughter, another Olivia.
The Fitzwilliam Museum has other studies of the wider Way family from the second series, volumes 2 and 5 (Munro, Jane, 'John Downman 1750-1824: Landscape, figure studies and portraits of 'Distinguished persons' (Cambridge 1996), no.1933, pp.50-51 and 92, and nos. 1934, 1859 and 1862, p.92). The Way Family were some of Downman's most prolific patrons.
Albert accompanied his father on a visit to the Lebanon in 1823. He painted a watercolour of his father's interview with the Emir of Mt. Lebanon in his palace at Bayt al-Din which is now in the V&A Collections (SD.1190, see the entry in their collections online [collections.vam.ac.uk]). Information kindly provided by Briony Llewellyn, April 2009 (see her "The Orient Observed - Images of the Middle East from the Searight Collection", V&A, 1989)
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- See 1967-10-14-181(1).
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