In a first for Downing, the archive's beautiful collection of watercolour miniatures by the artist Sylvester Harding has been made available online via the Cambridge University Digital Library.

Commissioned by Sir Busick Harwood

The 134 individual portraits of students from a variety of different Cambridge colleges were commissioned by Downing's first Professor of Medicine, Sir Busick Harwood, in the 1790s.

The collection was recently conserved and photographed, making it possible to make the collection widely available while safely preserving the originals.