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Dates:  1816 - 1877
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for James Drummond
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
It is not certain at this point whether Drummond was an active photographer himself, but his enthusiasm for collecting and exhibiting calotypes is clear. His merchant father was an avid historian of old Edinburgh, and this influenced the young artist. Elected an academician of the Society of Arts, Drummond is known for genre paintings firmly grounded in historical studies. A painter and a scholar, he was also a collector of artworks in many fields. In 1848 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Scottish Society of Antiquaries, becoming curator of the society’s museum. Drummond’s collection of Hill & Adamson calotypes and Thomas Keith’s “Old Edinburgh” series remains a key resource to this day. 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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James Drummond, 1816 - 1877. History painter; curator of the National Gallery of Scotland 
1843-1847
 
  
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