John Downman

A Kitten

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
John Downman 1750–1824
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T10166

Display caption

Downman here uses the simple medium of black chalk and stump. A stump is a small cylinder of soft chamois leather or paper used for smudging chalk charcoal or pencil. The smudged black chalk appears to 'float' on the paper with the fluidity of a brush line. Downman has gone over his initial stump work with very fine black chalk lines to define the features of the cat's face.

Gallery label, August 2004

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