- John Downman, English, 1750-1824
Susan Rushbrooke, about 1778
Oil paint on copper
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.19
Born in North Wales, Downman trained in London with Benjamin West and in 1769 was among the first students of painting to enroll in the Royal Academy Schools. He specialized in small, exquisitely painted portraits such as this work, often painted on copper, whose smooth surface allowed him to paint in minute detail on a small scale. Following the prevailing Neoclassical taste, he often posed his subjects in profile, a popular design for its allusion to ancient Roman imperial coins.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018