DRUCE, Randall

1829 - 1911

Born at Chelsea, London on 11 April and baptised at St Luke's Chelsea on 8 May 1829, son of Thomas Druce (1798-1841), an architect, and his wife Amelia Eliza (1800-1881). 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 now 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 Art Club early 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. He died later that year aged 82. The National Library of Wales holds some of his watercolours.

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