PAGES
Home
Friday News
Old News
Governors
Staff use
Awards
History
Fun
Guestbook
Contacts
     & Dates

Policy Docs
PTA
 
Cabinets
     & Pods

 
Brightonline

 

 

  
FAMOUS PUPILS - EBENEZER DOWNARD

Ebenezer Newman Downard entered the School in May, 1835, and in April, 1840 at the age of 11 years, completed what can only be described as a marvellous production for one so young. The plate (below) shows the chief drawings - the hemispheres surmounted by a diagram of the solar system, and portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Consort with a cockatoo, lion, diver at work, and old three decker at the four corners - but it cannot reproduce the extraordinary neatness and clearness of the lettering which accompanies and explains each drawing.

The Middle Street School, Brighton, 1805-1905 by Geo. Haffenden   p. 70

A memorandum by the Rev. J.N.Goulty, kindly furnished by his son, the late Mr Wallis R.Goulty, states:-

          "May, 1840. I took Eb. Downard's map to London, and through Captain Pechell, I got it presented to the Queen, who graciously accepted it by ordering a small case of mathematical instruments to be presented to Downard, and three weeks after she sent a sovereign for his pocket."

We still have a similar map in the school, drawn by Thomas Jones in 1843. To see details of this map click here

Downard later became a student at the Royal Academy, and went on to have numerous paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institute and elsewhere. He painted a portrait of the first mayor of Brighton - Lieutenant-Colonel John Fawcett. Here are some examples of his work-

  back