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A work made of charcoal with stumping on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of charcoal with stumping on cream laid paper.




John Downman (English, 1750-1824)
or after Charles Le Brun (French, 1619-1690)

About this artwork

Downman’s drawings appear in the same direction as (and likely reproduce) Jean Audran’s large-scale 1727 etchings after Le Brun. The accompanying text describes the expression of attention thusly: “The effects of attention are to lower and contract the eyebrows toward the sides of the nose, to turn the pupils toward the object that causes (the emotion), to open the mouth, and above all, the top lip, to lower the head little and to keep it steady without other notable changes.”


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John Downman




England (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1770–1824


Charcoal with stumping on cream laid paper


38.3 × 27.3 cm (15 1/8 × 10 3/4 in.)

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The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

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