‘A storm force of glamour and allure, Miss Joan Collins posed in a robe and a couple of million pounds’ worth of jewellery. (“You have great shoulders, Joan.” “I know!”) A minor panic when no safety pin to secure her turban could be found was the only flash point.’
"Being artist in residence at the most beautiful hotel in London has, as I've often said, been the gig of the century," said Downton. "I expected the luxury, of course, and the service, but who knew about the magic? Claridge's is Claridge's and everywhere else is everywhere else."
The exhibition will be held in the hotel's famed Fumoir bar - an Art Deco space designed by Basil Ionides in the Thirties-that Downton fondly refers to as his "office". Many of his subjects were sketched while sat at his favourite table in the bar.
"Over the years some of our most iconic guests have been captured on camera and we feel David's drawings add another dimension to the already established archives of Claridge's," said the hotel's general manager, Thomas Kochs. "David Downton has been a long-time friend of the hotel and we have admired his work for many years. It is a pleasure to share David's talent with our guests!