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A miniature of an unknown Lady


Artist: John Downman

Wearing a blue dress with white fichu
set in a gold frame

Downman came from North Wales and entered the R.A. Schools in 1769. He studied under Benjamin West, an American painter who settled in London and taught many miniaturists of the period . He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1770-1819. His miniatures are not usually signed but are sought after. This miniature is very similar to a number of his portraits shown and described in Daphne Foskett's Dictionary of Miniatures.
Examples of his work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum
More Information
Year                 circa 1785.
Provenance                 Edward Grosvenor Paine Collection
Christie's, 23 October, 1979, lot 94
Sotheby's, 9th June 1986, lot 166
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