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Study for a portrait of Count Borolaskie (Boruwlaski), "the Polish Dwarf" and "I.C.D." [Isabella Chloe Downman, the artist's daughter]; both seated according to the inscription, although neither is visible below the waist, the Count pointing a finger upwards whilst looking at the young woman, draped column behind him to the right and view to a landscape in the distance to left. 1812
Charcoal, touched with black and red chalk, heightened with white, on a sheet extended at the top
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Height: 304 millimetres
Width: 242 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing is in Volume IV of the Fourth Series of Downman's 'First Sketches of Portraits of distinguished persons'. For further details see 1936,1116.27.1.
The portrait drawings mounted on the pages before and after this drawing in Downman's album were made in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1812. An engraving after this drawing by W.T. Fry was published in "Memoirs of Boruwlaski" written by himself and published by Francis Humble in Durham in 1820. In fact the engraving was based on a drawn copy of Downman's original by the artist Joseph Bouet who arrived in Durham in 1813 when Boruwlaski was 74 years of age. Bouet's copy of Downman's drawing that formed the basis of the engraving is in Durham University Library (DUL Add MS 1300 no. 202A) and was published in David Cross, 'Joseph Bouet's Durham drawings from the age of reform' (published by Durham County Local History Society, 2005).
[Information kindly conveyed by Douglas Burdon of Durham, correspondence 15.12.08 (letter in P&D dossier)]
Isabella Chloe features in three other portraits by Downman in the collection (1884.0426.23 and 34,1936,1116.31.7).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- See 1967-10-14-181(1).
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