This pencil sketch on ruled notebook paper presents a three-quarter back view of a woman in bohemian attire seated on a chair with her arms raised as if playing the piano. It probably depicts the artist’s wife, Zina Drummond, née Ogilvie (1887–1931), who was an accomplished musician and is depicted in the painting At the Piano c.1912 (fig.1).
At the Piano c.1912
Oil paint on canvas
898 x 608 mm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 692P11. South Australian Government Grant 1969
The sketch is on page 29 of a notebook made by W. Straker Ltd, Printers, Stationers & Bookbinders, London. The majority of the drawings in the notebook feature children and a woman wearing round glasses, who could be Zina. There are also some pages of religious drawings, sums and writing.
Helena Bonett June 2011
How to cite
Malcolm Drummond, Woman Sitting, ?c.1910s, 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-woman-sitting-r1104701, accessed 18 January 2022.