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