[Woman wearing gown and holding torch]
Pen lithograph, sheet 320x 235mm (12½ x 9¼").
Early pen lithograph from the second issue of 'Specimens of Polyautography' (1807), the first (1803) issue of which was the first set of artist's lithographs ever published. 'Specimens' showcased the new medium of lithography, which allowed artists to make prints arguably resembling drawings more than any earlier technique. Unlike most printmaking techniques, lithography required no special training as artists could work directly onto the plate and leave specialist printers to actually make the prints. For this reason many artists who were not trained printmakers (such as Géricault and Delacroix) often worked in lithography. By John Downman (1750-1824), portrait and subject painter. During the 1780s Downman gained a reputation as one of the most fashionable portrait painters in London, but his popularity declined in the 1790s. For much of his career Downman preferred to work in chalk rather than oil, with a large collection of his chalk portraits now in the British Museum. This may be the only print he ever made.
For a book on Downman's life and work, see ref. 10198.
[Ref: 35481] £290.00