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Study for a portrait of Master Henry Wesley [sic], brother to Lord Mornington. 1796
Graphite, touched with red chalk
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Height: 217 millimetres
Width: 172 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing is in Volume 3 of the Third Series of Downman's 'First Sketches of Portraits of distinguished persons'. For further details see 1936,1116.27.1, and 1967,1014.181-96.
This is reproduced by Williamson in John Downman ARA (London, 1907), p.30
According to Downman's inscription, the sitter is Henry Wellesley, 1st Baron Cowley, who was brother to both Richard Wellesley, 2nd earl of Mornington and later Marquess Wellesley, and to William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd earl of Mornington. Baron Cowley seems the only 'Henry Wesley' who could be the sitter but being born in 1773 would seem too old for the boy shown in this study.
Assuming that this is Henry Wellesley, a study of his brother Marquess Wellesley was also given to the British Museum by Millar (1967.1014.163).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- See Jane Munro, 'John Downman 1750-1824', exhibition catalogue, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, p.77.
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