Oil on canvas: 101 x 152 cm / 39.8 x 59.8 ins
Signed and dated '1903' middle right; label on the back
Painter of historical subjects and genre scenes.
Arthur Drummond was the son of John Drummond, a marine painter. He enjoyed an early exposure to painting and received the encouragement and support of his family. He received additional training both in Paris and in London. While in France he studied with both Jean-Joseph Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens, learning the ways of the Academic artists. In London he studied with Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the important British Neo-Classical artist, from whom he would draw his greatest influence.
By 1890 Drummond was living at 41, Walterton Road, St Peter’s Park and he exhibited his first work, titled “A Minstrel”, at the Royal Academy. He would continue to exhibit works at the Royal Academy until 1901: “The Ladies Robing Room before an Entertainment; Ancient Egypt” (1893), “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1896), “The Gods of the Ancients” (1899) and “The King’s Courtship” (1901).
Drummond specialized in historical subjets and genre scenes and, like Alma-Tadema, many of his works were set in Ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome.
During his career, Drummond exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Bristol 1871 - 1951
Bristol - Canton (Ohio) - London
Ch. Wood, "The Dictionary of Victorian Painters", Woodbridge 1978, p. 134.
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 4, p. 1179.