David Downton

At Claridge’s

David Downton at Claridge's
  • Zac Posen, Claridges' May 2015

    Zac Posen

    Claridges' May 2015
  • Aerin Lauder, Claridges' August 2014

    Aerin Lauder

    Claridges' August 2014
  • Bruno Frisoni, Claridges' May 2014

    Bruno Frisoni

    Claridges' May 2014
  • Joan Burstein, Claridges' August 2014

    Joan Burstein

    Claridges' August 2014
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, Claridges' January 2014

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    Claridges' January 2014
  • Alber Elbaz, Claridge's December 2011

    Alber Elbaz

    Claridge's December 2011
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Claridge's September 2011

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Claridge's September 2011
  • Dita Von Teese, Claridge's May 2012

    Dita Von Teese

    Claridge's May 2012
  • Carmen Dell’Orefice, Claridge's November 2011

    Carmen Dell’Orefice

    Claridge's November 2011
  • Paul Smith, Claridge's March 2012

    Paul Smith

    Claridge's March 2012
  • Diane von Furstenberg, Claridge's September 2011

    Diane von Furstenberg

    Claridge's September 2011
  • Denise Hale, Claridge's September 2011

    Denise Hale

    Claridge's September 2011
  • Joan Collins, Claridge's September 2011

    Joan Collins

    Claridge's September 2011
  • Erin O’Connor, Claridge's March 2012

    Erin O’Connor

    Claridge's March 2012

David Downton has been Artist in Residence at Claridge’s hotel in London since September 2011. The idea was the brainchild of the hotel’s Public Relations Director Paula Fitzherbert and the General Manager Thomas Kochs. Since then, some of the hotel’s most illustrious (and stylish) guests have sat for him. “There was a lot to live up to,” admits Downton indicating photographs of past guests Jackie O, Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn lining the lobby. “I wanted the drawings to be of the moment and at the same time to evoke an era when glamour went with gravitas and the world looked better in black and white.” Downton has also been working on a series of drawings using The Fumoir, with its dark, confessional atmosphere and original Lalique glass as a setting. He admits to being somewhat obsessed with the space: “Noon feels like midnight and midnight can stretch until noon.”

Photograph by Jacobus Snyman