22 January 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 2,750
John Downman, A.R.A. (1750-1824)
Portrait of Charles Colmore, half-length, holding a hat
signed with initials and dated 'JD/1781' (centre left) and inscribed 'Mr. Colmore/the father in the chicken family/same also as the portrait' (on backing paper on the reverse)
black chalk and watercolour, oval
8¼ x 6¾ in. (20.9 x 17.2 cm.)
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Charles Colmore, of Colney Hatch, Middlesex, was in the Light Dragoons and died in 1795, aged 70. The somewhat obscure mention of being the father in the 'chicken family' must relate to the source of their wealth.
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