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John Sank, Earl of Mexborough: 2315.21

Object information


John Sank, Earl of Mexborough


Downman, John (Draughtsman)


Laid down on 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 August 1937.

Measurements and weight

Height: 212 mm
Width: 177 mm

Relative size of this object

17.7 m21.2 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1783

School or Style


Materials used in production

White bodycolour
Black chalk
Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J Downman / Pt
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Black chalk
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1783
  • Location: Lower right, below the above
  • Method of creation: Black chalk
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 21.
  • Location: Album sheet, recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Text: The Earl of Mexborough 1783. Original / He was John Savile Earl of Mexborough, I also / drew his elegant Lady, she was Miss Stephenson. / I drew two of his Lordship.
  • Location: Album sheet, recto, lower right
  • Method of creation: Black ink

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2315.21
Primary reference Number: 15345
Stable URI

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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