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Portrait of Miss Charlotte Monro
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Portrait of Miss Charlotte Monro

1783

John Downman (1750-1824)

Chalk (black, blue and red), bodycolour on paper

Width: 19 cm; Height: 22.3 cm;

Inscription
Signed, dated, graphite, lower left, monogram, J. Downman/ p.t 1783
Titled, attributed, signed, dated, pen and ink (blue), This is a portrait of/ Miss Charlotte Monro daughter of D. John Monr.../ the 2.d of his profession She/ died at 21 This picture was/ painted by Downman./ Sig

Acquisition
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967
D.1967.WS.40

About this work
Downman’s reputation rests on small chalk portraits such as this one of Charlotte Monro, sister of Dr Thomas Monro, whose informal ‘academy’ was attended by the young Thomas Girtin and Turner. The technique made a rapid likeness possible, enabling Downman to keep up with the demand and charge lower prices than oils would cost. The elegant plumed headdress is evidence of the interest he consistently took in costume. (Permanent collection label)



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