About this artwork

Drummond's friend the botanist, John Hutton Balfour, regarded his enthusiasm for geology and botany as specifically anti-Darwinian: 'His evolution was God's Work, and not the mere development of living beings' The picture of Loch Earn, seen from above a garden, with the little figure of the woman marking the middle distance, may have evoked ideas of the human and the divine - the cultivated garden and the awesome wilderness, the peopled plains and the hills watching above.

Rev. D.T.K. Drummond

Rev. D.T.K. Drummond

As a clergyman Drummond had been attached to the Scottish Episcopal Church but his evangelical leanings resulted in his removal from office in 1843. He took up landscape photography as a hobby in the 1860s, becoming a member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1861. Drummond's health was undermined by the quarrel with his church and he wrote in 1864, 'It is impossible to say how much, under God, I owe both in my mind and body to photography in my hours of leisure'. He served on the council of the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1862 and 1864.