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The Hon. Richard Edgecumbe as Sir Brilliant Fashion: 2314.6

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The Hon. Richard Edgecumbe as Sir Brilliant Fashion


Downman, John (Draughtsman)


Laid down on recto of album sheet, surrounded by drawn ink line.


History note: The artist; Mrs Isabella Chloe Benjamin, the artist's only daughter, sold, 1825; the executors of the late Sir E.F. Coates, Bart, Sale, Sotheby's, 15 February 1922; L.D. Cunliffe

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1937.

Measurements and weight

Height: 205 mm
Width: 170 mm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938-02-15) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Production date: AD 1787

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black chalk
Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black and red chalk with stump and watercolour on paper, laid down (chalk or watercolour applied and white highlights to verso)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Jo Downman Pt / London
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1787
  • Location: Lower right, following the above
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 6.
  • Location: Album sheet, recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: The Honbl. Mr Edgecumbe. 1787. Original. / as he appeared in the Character of Sir / Sir (sic) Brilliant Fashion. at the private Theatre / of the Duke of Richmond. present the King Queen &c. &c. / He was Richard, afterds. Earl & Viscount / Mount Edgecumbe
  • Location: Album sheet, recto, lower right
  • Method of creation: Black ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2314.6
Primary reference Number: 15308
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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