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Portrait of the younger Miss Wolff seated beneath a tree


Artist: John Downman

Pencil and Watercolour heightened with touches of white, signed and dated 1802, lower left

Downman executed a series of portrait of the Wolff family, George and his brother Ernest Wolff, George's two daughters Elizabeth and Matilda, his only son Jens and later also Jen's wife and children. The Wolff family were Danish merchants and consuls in London. Other drawings of the family by Downman are in the Butleigh Court Sketchbooks, now in the British Museum, see G.C. Williamson John Downmna, A.R.A , 1907 pp lii, liv. This watercolour was sold as part of a group of particularly fine early English portrait drawings from a collection originally formed by James A.H. Thursby-Pelham and sold at Christie's in 1995.
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Year                 1802
Provenance                 Christie's, London, 6 March 1925, lot 19 (75gns to Pawsey & Payne)
J. Thursby-Pelham
Mrs. Guy Argles and by descent until
Christie's, London, 7 November, 1995, lot 54
Exhibition                 London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of British Art, 1934, no. 1266 (Souvenir catalogue no 661) as 'Miss Wolff, sister as child under tree'
Condition                 Good
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