The Park Bench

The subject of Drummond’s painting depicts a man and woman seated on a bench. The man is seen reading a newspaper and the woman is faced towards him. Two other younger male figures look on from the left. The scene is set within a town environment with large buildings in the background. The painting uses muted yellows, greens, oranges and greys to suggest an afternoon light with clouded haze.

Malcolm Drummond, born in 1880, was a British painter. He is best known for depictions of is townscapes and interiors. A member of the London and Camden Town Groups, Drummond was influenced by the Post-Impressionists and artist Walter Sickert. He depicted scenes of everyday life and capturing the ‘unseen’. Drummond surrounded himself with fellow Camden Town Group members Robert Bevan, Charles Ginner and Spencer Gore.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
The Park Bench
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Inscription Transcription
30977; rack no 187
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)
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Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
c 1910
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The Park Bench