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Portrait of Lord Ashburton, lawyer; half-length turned to left and looking l, wearing a grey-green jacket, trees and part of a column and trees in the background. 1782
Watercolour, over black chalk and stump
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Height: 222 millimetres
Width: 187 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This study (with 1967.1014.186, 187, and 188) is unusual in being a finished piece but mounted and inscribed by Downman in the same way as the sketchbooks. These four portraits are from Vol 5 of the first series of Downman's 'First Sketches', now broken up. This would have been No.19 in the volume.
[Information from Millar Catalogue, No 26 (P&D Cc.2.21)]
The inscription was reproduced in Williamson, Downman ARA (London, 1907), pp.xvi-xvii, and described by him as one of Downman's longest.
This was lent to the Amateur Art Exhibition held at Carlton House Terrace in May 1893, published in Catalogue of Portraits by John Downman , A.R.A (1760-1824), no.67, by Mrs Maitland [P&D N.I.9]]. A label from this is still on the back of the mount.
The other version noted by Downman as in Vol 2. p.4 must have been in Vol 2 of the 1st series, now broken up, so is currently unknown. Gibson has suggested that he may be referring to the portrait of Lady Ashburton of which an engraving by Bartolozzi exists, but no longer the original portrait. The portrait by Reynolds for which he used Downman's study is a double portrait with Lady Ashburton and is now in the Tate (N06244).
[See Gibson, Robin, 'Reynolds, Downman and Lord and Lady Ashburton' in The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 112, No. 809, (1970), pp. 535-536]
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Kept by Millar in a 'modern frame in "Downman" style.
Mrs Maitland had kept this framed with the inscription folded inside the frame, and so had a modern copy of the inscription pasted on the back. In Nov 1944, Millar had the original inscription cut out and mounted on the back of the frame under cellophane, so it could be replaced when required.
[Information from Millar Catalogue, No 26 (P&D Cc.2.21)].
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