The Berger Collection

Collection: John Downman, ARA (ca. 1750-1824)

John Downman, ARA (ca. 1750-1824)

John Downman was born near Ruabon, North Wales. He trained briefly in Liverpool before moving to London in 1768 to study under Benjamin West. He entered the Royal Academy Schools the following year. From 1773 to 1775, he traveled in Italy with his friend Joseph Wright of Derby. Upon his return he established a portraiture practice in London, painting mainly small-scale portraits, often on copper. His chalk and pencil drawings tinted with watercolor were also particularly successful. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1770 to 1819 and was elected an associate member of the Academy in 1795.