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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.".
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