Study of a spaniel

JOHN DOWNMAN ARA (1750-1824)

Study of a spaniel

18th century United Kingdom

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Downman executed other sensitively drawn portraits of animals, including his spaniel, his cat ‘Tibby’ and garden wildlife from his home in West Malling, Kent where he lived after 1804. A drawing entitled ‘Toad from our pond, West Malling’, is in the British Museum (see illustrations of this and other animal drawings in G. C. Williamson, John Downman, A.R.A. His life and works, 1907, p.61). The present study has the feeling of being quite personal to Downman: perhaps a portrait of a family pet. Clusters of old pin-prick holes in the corners of the sheet suggest the drawing was pinned up on display many times by an early owner.
Mrs Benjamin (the artist's daughter); Thomas Winstanley (according to a twentieth century inscription on the back of the old mount; Sir Francis Watson and by descent.
Height 22.50 cm (8.86 inches)
Width 18.70 cm (7.36 inches)
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Pencil and stump with white and red chalk
Watermark partially visible 'TA..IE'
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