John Downman (British, Ruabon, Wales 1750–1824 Wrexham, Wales)
Chalk, graphite and watercolor on paper
21-1/4 x 17 in. (54 x 43.2 cm)
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Not on view
Downman here portrays a baby girl in a wheeled cart tugging at a kite held by one of her elder brothers. These must be the children of Jeremiah Dyson (1757-1835), clerk of the House of Commons who married Elizabeth Collins in 1781. Their grandfather Jeremiah Dyson (1722-1776) was Lord of the Treasury and Privy Counsellor to George III.
Marking: The labels on the back of the picture read as follows: "The Rt. Honble Jeremiah Dyson, Secretary of Treasure, 1762. Member of the Board of Trade 1763-67. Lord of Treasury 1768 to 73. Privy Councillor 1774." "The two sons and daughter Dorothy of the above, painted by Jno. Downman, A.R.A. 1787. See Williamson's Book of Jno. Downman." "The two sons and daughter Dorothy, of the Right Honourable Jeremiah Dyson, Secretary of Treasure, 1762. Member of Board of Trade 1763-67. Privy Councillor, 1774. By John Downman, A.R.A. (dated 1787)."
Mary Stillman Harkness; Donor: Mary Stillman Harkness