The Drummond Children

Sir Henry Raeburn British, Scottish

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Six-year-old George Drummond is shown on his pony, the object of admiring gazes from his foster brother and sister. George became a member of the family bank, married, had four children, and died at age 49. By contrast, by 1821, his father had taken up a life of gambling and dissipation, abandoned his wife and children, and was living with the wife of a naval officer.

The preeminent painter of the Scottish Enlightenment, Raeburn was particularly gifted at naturalistic depictions of children.

The Drummond Children, Sir Henry Raeburn (British, Stockbridge, Scotland 1756–1823 Edinburgh, Scotland), Oil on canvas

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