Edward Pretty, first curator of Maidstone Museum

Edward Pretty, first curator of Maidstone Museum

Pastel drawing, c.1815-1820
Eliza Anne Drummond, 1799 – ?

Eliza was the daughter of an artist and like many of her siblings, became a portrait painter and miniaturist. She was particularly interested in the theatre and painted a number of actors and actresses of the day.
She exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1820 and 1843 and was awarded a Silver Isis Medal in 1822/23 for ‘an original historical composition in oils’.
Following a relationship in 1833, she gave birth to a daughter, Dolores, with whom she eventually travelled to Australia in the 1850s. Dolores became an actress, returning to England in 1874. The theatrical thread continued to run in the family as Dolores son, William G R Sprague, designed Wyndham’s Theatre, the Aldwych and Camden Palace, amongst other venues.
Eliza probably died in Australia.

Charles Collection.