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Fright

A work made of charcoal with stumping and traces of brush and black wash on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of charcoal with stumping and traces of brush and black wash on cream laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

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

About this artwork

On a formative trip to Rome, John Downman drew copiously after the antique. For these two studies of human emotion, he likely used prints by Jean Audran after Charles Le Brun to illustrate his publication Expressions of the Passions of the Soul (from 1727, or later editions). While fright was part of Le Brun’s famous lecture on the topic of reproducing the emotions, he did not mention attention, and neither one appears in the nearby Encyclopédie pages.

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Artist

John Downman

Title

Fright

Origin

England

Date

Artist's working dates 1770–1824

Medium

Charcoal with stumping and traces of brush and black wash on cream laid paper

Dimensions

381 × 275 mm

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1922.1425

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