The Camden Town Group in Context

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Malcolm Drummond Study for 'Girl with Palmettes; ?Portrait of the Artist's Wife' c.1914

Malcolm Drummond 'Study for 'Girl with Palmettes; ?Portrait of the Artist's Wife'' c.1914
Malcolm Drummond 1880–1945
Study for 'Girl with Palmettes; ?Portrait of the Artist's Wife' c.1914
Graphite on paper
250 x 180 mm
Inscribed by the artist with various colour notes in pencil
Tate Archive TGA 8915
Purchased from Joyce Mills, September 1989
© Estate of Malcolm Drummond
This pencil drawing on tracing paper depicts a three-quarter-length profile of a standing woman. Nicola Moorby has suggested that it may be a study for the painting Girl with Palmettes; ?Portrait of the Artist’s Wife c.1914 (Tate T00893). Colour notes inscribed on the sketch describe the hat as ‘Purple’ and ‘Dark inky blue’ with a wide ribbon band of ‘Bright orange | & crimson shadows’, which corresponds with the details of the painting. Further inscriptions read: ‘Black with white spots’, ‘Blue grey’, ‘Red grey’, ‘Orange & red in shadow’, ‘Purple grey’, ‘Blue grey’, ‘greenish | & | Blue’, ‘Red grey’, ‘greenish’ and ‘Orange grey’. The painting may depict the artist’s wife, Zina Drummond, née Ogilvie (1887–1931). For further information, see Tate T00893.

Helena Bonett
June 2011

How to cite

Malcolm Drummond, Study for 'Girl with Palmettes; ?Portrait of the Artist's Wife', c.1914, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/malcolm-drummond-study-for-girl-with-palmettes-portrait-of-the-artists-wife-r1104667, accessed 23 May 2024.