DRUCE, Randall

1829 - 1911

Randall Druce was born at Chelsea, London on 11 April and baptised at St Luke's Chelsea on 8 May 1829, son of Thomas Druce (1798-28 September 1841), an architect, and his wife Amelia Eliza née Reid (1800-24 December 1881) who married at Chelsea Church on 2 June 1825. In 1851, Randall was a pupil to an architect, living at 21 Royal Avenue Terrace, Chelsea with his 50-year-old widowed mother Amelia, a brewer, with two indoor servants. In 1871, a 41-year-old teacher of drawing, living at 5 Pleasant Road, St Pancras, London with his 70-year-old mother and ten year later a 51-year-old curator of architectural museum, living with his mother, then described as 'timber merchant's widow' at 5 Oxford Road, Wandsworth, London. A painter in watercolour of landscapes and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1878-1883, exhibiting in 1878 two works, 'Calm' and 'Left Behind', the addresses of the exhibitors is not given in the early Art Club catalogues. In 1901, he was unmarried, living at South Cottage, The Croft, Sotwell, Wallingford, Berkshire with three adopted Goodall children 14, 12, and 8 and was still there in 1911, with his ward 22 Fanny Amelia Goodall, as his housekeeper. Randall Druce died at South Cottage Brightwell-cum-Sotwell on 30 April 1911, aged 82. The National Library of Wales holds some of his watercolours.

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