John Downman (British, Ruabon, Wales 1750–1824 Wrexham, Wales)
Watercolor, colored chalk, and graphite
sheet: 16 1/16 x 11 1/16 in. (40.8 x 28.1 cm)
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Not on view
Downman's cousin Isabella, daughter of Emilia and John Hunter, is shown holding a dove and olive branch, symbols of peace. She stands near ruined column overgrown with foliage.
Signature: Signed in graphite at lower right of recto: "J. Downman/ Pinx./ 1781"
Marking: Sticker on verso (now removed): "Isabella Hunter: daughter of/ John Hunter (of "Little England"/ Virginia) and of Emilia Goodsend,/ his wife./ She was 1st cousin to the Artist/ Signed "J Downman 1781"." Sticker on verso (now removed): "M. Knoedler & Co./ 556 Fifth Ave, N.Y.C./ P WC 1210/ Title: Isabella Hunter/ Drawing by John Downman."
Emilia Hunter (British, 18th century), mother of the sitter; Inherited by the Misses Lee (British, 18th–19th centuries), Church Manor, Bishop Stortford, Herts.; Sydney Loder, of Market Harborough; Donor: Mary Stillman Harkness
George Charles Williamson John Dowman: His Life and Works, with a Catalogue of his Drawings. London, 1907, p. lxiii, lists an original sketch of this sitter made in 1777, "Only remaining child of John Hunter, Esq., and my dear beloved cousin.".