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JOHN DOWNMAN, A.R.A. (BRITISH, 1750-1824)

Sold for £8,000


Condition report

Nelson: Time stained; diagonal crack from side to side passing through eyebrow and ear; Emma: Time stained.

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A pair of re-discovered portrait sketches of Lord Nelson & Lady Hamilton, drawn at Merton, 1802

JOHN DOWNMAN, A.R.A. (BRITISH, 1750-1824)

Bust-length portraits of Lord Nelson in uniform; and Lady Emma Hamilton wearing a turban

Pencil heightened with white

Nelson monogrammed and dated 'JD 1802' (mid-left) with indistinct inscription under possibly reading '[M]erton [1]802'

6 x 4¾in. (15 x 12cm.), contained within early 19th century sailorwork giltwood frames carved in relief with polychrome laurel leaves and inscribed on ebonised shield-shaped plaques Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton respectively

(2, a pair)

Provenance: Isabella Benjamin (Downman's only child), believed sold from albums bequeathed to her in 1825 to Admiral W.H. Smyth (1788-1865), his armorial bookplate pasted to reverse of 'Lady Hamilton' and remnant behind 'Lord Nelson'; sold to collector Henry Vaughan (1809-1899), his mss label pasted under bookplate; Private Collection, UK. and thence by descent.

Exhibited: Preparatory sketches for works exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1809, No.324 ('Portraits of a naval Commander and a lady of quality').

Literature: Walker, R: The Nelson Portraits, Royal Naval Museum, 1998, p.147 where a worked up chalk drawing of this sketch may be seen.

Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Venerable), Tue, 24th Nov 2020

Mercantile : 1-98

Naval : 101-179

Instruments : 181-295

Printed catalogues available at £20 (+P&P)

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