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DRUMMOND, Augusta (1842-1908)
[ORESUND STRAIT: Original Initialed and Dated Watercolour View Titled]: Swedish coast from Klampenborg.
27 June 1880. Watercolour on paper ca. 15x22 cm (5 ¾ x 8 ¾ in), mounted on a larger album leave, ca. 25,5x33 cm (10x13 in). Signed "A.D." in the right lower corner, captioned and dated on the lower margin of the mount. Mount slightly age toned and with mild foxing, otherwise a very good watercolour. This attractive watercolour view of the Swedish coast was taken from Klampenborg, a suburb of Copenhagen, with several sailing boats in the waters of the Øresund Strait. Dated June 27, 1880, the watercolour originates from an album titled "Sketches from Nature. Augusta Drummond, 1878-82". The artist was Irish watercolourist Augusta Drummond, an acquaintance of renowned poet and artist Edward Lear (18121-1888). She was born in Kilberry, Kildare, Ireland to Robert Verschoyle and Catherine Curtis. On 5th July 1878 she married Captain Alfred Manners Drummond, nephew of 6th Duke of Rutland, Captain of the Rifle Brigade, discriminating art collector, acquaintance and client of Edward Lear. The couple had a honeymoon trip to India in 1878, and subsequently travelled to continental Europe and Australia; the travel impressions were realized by Augusta in a series of skillful watercolours. One of them depicting Tasmania and titled "Browns River near Hobart Town" is now in the collection of the National Library of Australia.