Now Downey is bugging me.....
Thanks to both Bernard Cavalot and Chris Stewart for your help.
Downey was not an MSIA, nor MSIAD, was not at the RCA, or the Royal Academy Schools, does not appear in the National Archives,
nor any entries in the National Art Library, nor Westminster Reference Library's Art and Design department, never exhibited at the RA, was not an RDI, as far as I can tell.
The RSA, through their excellent librarian, Joan Simpson (I hope that is spelt correctly) are trawling their archives.
Does anyone have any info on Alfred James Downey, also lived in London, a painter and illustrator who did exhibit at the RA, 1909-35, so could theoretically be his father???
Any other avenues to try?
Thanks and regards,