A small portrait of Captain Drake in military dress
A small portrait of Captain Drake in military dress

JOHN DOWNMAN ARA (1750-1824)

A small portrait of Captain Drake in military dress

c. 1780 Kent

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inscribed "Capt Drake" on the reverse, set in its original gilt composition frame
Captain Drake is in the uniform of the 4th Dragoons.

Downman Studied briefly in Liverpool, then, from 1769, under Benjamin West, president of the Royal Academy. He spent the years 1773-5 in Italy; on his return he set himself up as a portrait painter in Cambridge. By 1779, he had returned to London and was gaining a reputation as one of the most fashionable portraitists of the day. He was patronised by the royal family, as well as such figures as the Duchess of Devonshire and the Duchess of Richmond. His popularity was largely dependent on his ability to work quickly and in quantity. In order to do so he gave up portraits in oil and devised a technique of working in chalks that allowed him to reproduce up to ten or twelve versions of the same portrait.

The present portrait is one of his early works in oil produced at the beginning of his career.
W. Bemrose Collection.
Ernest Salaman
The Late John Appleby, Channel Island
Height 17.40 cm (6.85 inches)
Width 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Stock Code
oil on tin
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