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    Sale 5345

    Christie's Interiors

    22 January 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 407

    John Downman, A.R.A. (1750-1824)

    Portrait of Charles Colmore, half-length, holding a hat

    Price Realised  

    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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