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David Downton Unveils Hotel Series

Artist drew celebrity guests during his residency at Claridge’s hotel.

DOWNTON’S DRAMA: Claridge’s artist-in-residence David Downton unveiled his “Midnight at Noon” exhibition at the Mayfair hotel – and lifted the veil on some of the drama behind the images. During his two-year residency, Downton has hand-drawn hotel guests including Diane von Furstenberg, Joan Collins, Alber Elbaz, Christian Louboutin and Erin O’Connor.


“With Joan Collins we got locked out of the Royal Suite where I was supposed to draw her, as none of the keys worked,” he said. “And with Sarah Jessica Parker, somebody had a heart attack in the street outside while she was being photographed.”


He said O’Connor, whom he has known for a decade, “looks like a drawing in all her proportions, and everything I try to do on paper she is in life – so she makes me look good.”

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