English architectural historian. Specializing in English Baroque architecture, he made a significant contribution with his works on Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh, and Wren. He has also written perceptively on Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), the great Flemish painter. Downes's productivity seems to contradict his claim that procrastination is one of his recreations.
Downes (1966, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1988a); pk