Title devised by curator. Signed by the artist lower right: J. Downman 1790. Purchased at Christie's, 21 December 1950, lot 63 (16 gns. to Andrade). Sotheby's, 4 December 1957, lot 17 to Agnew for W.S. Lewis, with a companion drawing of his wife, Mrs. Porteus, née Margaret Hodgson (see Lewis Walpole Library Drawings D751 no. 20. John Downman, Britsh artist, 1750-1824.
Portrait of Bishop Beilby Porteus (sometimes Porteous), Bishop of Chester 1776-1787 and Bishop of London 1787-1809. He and his wife were intimate friends of Hannah More who introduced them to Horace Walpole.
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Drawings D751 no. 1 Drawings D751 no. 1 Framed, shelved in LFS, Bin 30
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