Portrait of Miss Charlotte Monro
John Downman (1750 - 1824)
Width: 19 cm; Height: 22.3 cm;
Inscription, This is a portrait of / Miss Charlotte Monro daughter of D. John Monr... / the 2d of his profession She / died at 21 This picture was / painted by Downman. / Signed / Clara Eleana [?] Goode / Sep. 1904. //
Inscription, JDownman / Pt 1783 //
Inscription, D [altered from 'A'] 24117 RE
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William Wycliffe (Mr); bequest; 1967
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.
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