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Malcolm Drummond (1880-1945)

In the Park (St James’s Park)

Drummond abandoned a career as an estate manager to study art at the Slade and then the Westminster School of Art where he was taught by Sickert. In 1910 he became a student at Sickert's private art school. After exhibiting at the Allied Artists' Association he was drawn into the Fitzroy Street Group and then the Camden Town Group.

Drummond chose to live in Chelsea rather than Camden but shared the group's interest in city life. St James's Park is Drummond's most famous painting and although it represents a real place, the use of bright, unnatural colours and the strangely isolated and frozen figures make it look like a work of the imagination. The reviewers of the time disliked Drummond's use of colour, one criticising 'the empty glare of their gaudy tints'.

Medium oil on canvas
Date 1911
Dimensions 725mm x 900mm
Acquisition Number SOTAG : 1427
Credit Line Purchased in 1953 through the Frederick William Smith Bequest Fund

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