John Downman (British, Ruabon, Wales 1750–1824 Wrexham, Wales)
Thomas Jackson (British, 1759–1828)
Watercolor and graphite
sheet: 8 13/16 x 7 1/2 in. (22.4 x 19 cm) (circular)
Bequest of Alexandrine Sinsheimer, 1958
Not on view
Thomas Jackson, portrayed here, was widely connected to the artistic and musical communities of his day. His father William (1730-1803) held the post of organist at Exeter Cathedral, and also a writer, artist, and friend of Thomas Gainsborough. The son, who holds a cello, inherited his father's musical ability, and was also a gifted amateur artist, but mostly remembered for his career as a diplomat at Turin and Vienna. His sister Mary later married Dowman, who made this work.
Marking: Sticker once on verso of mount (now removed): "John Downman, A.A.R./ 5/ Portrait of Thomas Jackson, second son of the composer, subsequently British Minister at Turin (1/2 length/ holding a violin cello) coloured chalks, oval, 8-13/16 x 6-1/4 in. with autograph inscription by Downman giving the/ date 1780." Label from under dust seal of frame (now removed, in Drawing Dept. Archives): "Ellis & Smith / Print Sellers, / Romney House./ 16B Grafton Street,/ London,/ W."