James Drummond

Scottish (1816 - 1877)
James Drummond The Porteous Mob 1855


Born 1816
Died 1877
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Edinburgh

Drummond was an accomplished artist and antiquarian, who specialised in Scottish history paintings. He studied at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh and made many fine drawings, reflecting his interests in arms, armour and architecture. He supported the preservation of Edinburgh's historic buildings, which often feature in his paintings. Drummond researched his subjects thoroughly and planned his compositions along strict academic lines. Detailed drawings of individual figures, figure groups and compositional sketches, in pencil and watercolour, preceded his final painting. Drummond was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1852 and became curator of the National Gallery of Scotland in 1868.

Glossary terms

  • Paintings in which the subject is taken from biblical, classical or other mythological histories.