The Camden Town Group in Context

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Malcolm Drummond Putting on a Horse Shoe ?c.1911

Malcolm Drummond 'Putting on a Horse Shoe' ?c.1911
Malcolm Drummond 1880–1945
Putting on a Horse Shoe ?c.1911
Charcoal on sketchbook paper
354 x 217 mm
Tate Archive TGA 8915
Purchased from Joyce Mills, September 1989
© Estate of Malcolm Drummond
This charcoal study of a farrier shoeing a horse is one of a series of related drawings within the same sketchbook (this sketch is on page 6 and the drawings are on pages 2–21 of the sketchbook). One other example from the series, Horses (TGA 8915), is reproduced on this website. The on-the-spot drawings have been executed quickly, some in charcoal and others in pencil, and are rougher than the more polished sketching style evident in Drummond’s portraits (see, for example, TGA 8915). Another sketchbook in the Tate Archive contains nothing but drawings of horses and stablemen, particularly of horses being shod (TGA 8915). The choice of subject invites comparison with the work of Drummond’s fellow Camden Town Group member, Robert Bevan, a painter well known for his depictions of working horses and stablemen. The sketchbook was made by C. Roberson & Co. Ltd, London. The sketch is tentatively dated c.1911 on the basis of a study of Charles Ginner also found within this sketchbook, relating to a portrait of the same year (TGA 8915).

Helena Bonett
June 2011

How to cite

Malcolm Drummond, Putting on a Horse Shoe, ?c.1911, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 24 June 2024.