JOHN DOWNMAN, A.R.A. | "Portrait of Edmund Burke (1729/30–97); Portrait of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)"
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP
Property from a Private Collection
JOHN DOWNMAN, A.R.A.
Ruabon, N. Wales 1750 - 1824 Wrexham
Portrait of Edmund Burke (1729/30–97);
Portrait of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)
the former signed (and indistinctly dated) lower left: J.D [...]
the latter signed and dated centre right: J.D / 1778
a pair, both oil on copper, ovals
each: 23 x 19.5 cm.; 9 x 7⅝ in.
The copper plates are flat and stable. The paint surfaces are slightly dirty, and the varnishes slightly discoloured.
The former: there are a handful of small retouchings visible to the naked eye in the background lower left, and in the sitter's sleeve and collar.
The latter: there are a handful of small retouchings visible to the naked eye in the background lower right, in his coat lower right, in the sky centre right, and to a short diagonal surface scratch which runs from his cravat to his lapel.
Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms all of these, as well as some retouching around the margins, but the paintings are largely untouched and in very good condition.
Offered in plain, painted wood frames in very good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Major General James Renton, C.B., D.S.O., O.B.E. (1898–1972), Rowfold Grange, Billinghurst, Sussex;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 21 December 1950, lot 70 (as a pair), for 12 Guineas;
With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London.
E.K. Waterhouse, The dictionary of British 18th century painters in oils and crayons, Woodbridge 1981, p. 113, reproduced in black and white (the latter only).