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Creator Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)
Title The Drummond Family
Date ca. 1769
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 41 x 63 inches (104.1 x 160 cm) Frame: 48 × 69 inches (121.9 × 175.3 cm)
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1977.14.86
Collection Paintings and Sculpture
Curatorial Comment This ambitious group portrait shows three generations of the family of the Scottish goldsmith and banker Andrew Drummond (1688–1769), a widower. The date of Mr. Drummond’s death, in 1769, has generally been taken to indicate a “terminus ante quem” for the painting, but it is not entirely certain that his inclusion in the family group, sitting with his dog and somewhat isolated in the middle, was not a commemorative gesture of reverent piety postmortem. In 1766 Zoffany had painted an oval single-figure portrait of Andrew Drummond that obviously provided him with the model for this part of the composition. In both, he took care to include Dr. Drummond’s expensive snuffbox, his splendid malacca cane with a gold crutch handle, and, most important, the dog (seated this time on the garden seat). The cane and snuffbox are still owned by Drummonds Bank. Mr. Drummond’s son, one of the members of Parliament for Thetford, John Drummond (1723–74), stands to the left with his son and daughter, their ponies, and a groom. John Drummond’s aristocratic wife, Lady Charlotte (née Beauclerk, the family of the dukes of St. Albans), and their two other children complete the right-hand side of the composition. Andrew Drummond’s bank was particularly well patronized by artists, including Thomas Gainsborough, the sculptor Henry Cheere, the plasterer Joseph Rose, the architects Sir William Chambers and Henry Holland, and the landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Zoffany himself opened an account at the bank in 1765. Later, members of the Drummond family were crown contractors for the payment of British troops during the American War of Independence.
     -- Angus Trumble, 2007-01
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People Represented or Subject • Drummond, John (1723-1774), member of Parliament
• Drummond, John (1766–1833)
• Drummond, Jane Diana, John Drummond senior's eldest daughter
• Drummond, Charlotte (died 1774), Charlotte and John Drummond’s youngest daughter
• Drummond, Charlotte (née Beauclerk, died 1793)
• Drummond family (per. 1363–1518), nobility
• Drummond, Andrew (1688-1769), Scottish goldsmith and banker
• Drummond, George (1758-1789), Charlotte and John Drummond's eldest son
Subject Terms banker | bench | cane | children | children | conversation piece | costume | daughter | dog (animal) | eggs | eggs | family | father | goldsmith | group portrait | hat | horses (animals) | husband | men | portrait | snuffbox | son | wife | women

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Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 24, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 124 (v.1), no. 235, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965., vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, p. 65 (v.1), p., no. 238, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)

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Felicity Nussbaum, The Global Eighteenth Century, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2003, pp. 173-74, fig. 11.4, D287 G56 2003 (YCBA)

Denis E. Cosgrove, The Iconography of landscape, essays on the symbolic representation, design, and use of past environments, 9, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England] New York, 1988, p. 48, fig. 1, NX650.L34 I26 1988 (YCBA)

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English Art in Brussels, Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, vol. 55,no. 320, November 1929, p. 250, Plate II B, N1 B87 + (YCBA)

Drummond Family, ART News, vol. 76, Summer 1977, p. 43, N1 A6 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Painting in England : 1700-1850, Arts Review, vol. 37, no. 7, April 1963, p. 18, V 2337 , Another copy is available at HAAS Arts Library (N1 A415 +)

Young Family; Music Party on the Thames; John, Fourteenth Lord Willoughby, his Wife and Their Children; Drummond Family, Apollo, vol. 11, March 1930, pp. 163, 165,, J10 Ap43 + (SML)

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Ralph Edwards, Georgian Conversation Pictures, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 260, fig. 10, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 260, fig. 10, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

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Penelope Treadwell, Johan Zoffany : Artist and Adventurer, , Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2009, pp. 136, 146, NJ18 Z68 T74 2009 (YCBA)

Martin Postle, Johan Zoffany, RA : Society Observed, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011, pp. 108, 167-744, 249, no. 69, figs. 157, 157a, NJ18 Z68 + A12 2011 Oversize (YCBA)

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Claudia P. Pfeiffer, Sidesaddle, 1690-1935: September 8, 2018 - March 24, 2019, National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, p. 4-5, V 2803 (YCBA)

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