M994.35.2 | Jane Drummond 2nd wife of John Redpath 1815-1907

 
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Jane Drummond 2nd wife of John Redpath 1815-1907
Antoine Plamondon
1836, 19th century
Oil on canvas
86.4 x 73.3 cm
Transfered from McGill University by prior gift of Miss Jean Bovey
M994.35.2
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  female (19035) , Painting (2229) , painting (2227) , portrait (53878)
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This portrait shows Jane Drummond (1805-1907), the second wife of John Redpath (1796-1869), who was the founder of the Montreal sugar refinery that bears his name.

This canvas was painted in 1836 by the renowned painter Antoine Plamondon (1804-1895), of Quebec City. On a brief visit to Montreal that year, he executed numerous portraits including this one, in addition to a series of canvases for the Church of Notre-Dame. At that time, Plamondon was the the most sought-after painter in Lower Canada.

Jane Drummond wears a dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves, which were very full between the shoulder and the elbow, from which point they tapered to the wrist. These sleeves, typical of the period, could be said to resemble those of a summer dress in the McCord's collection (M17935.1).