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Drusilla Mary Way (1908-1997)   BIOGRAPHY

Village Scene, August 1928
Unframed (ref: 6028)
Signed and dated August 1928
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)


Provenance: Mary Adshead, thence by descent.

This painting – which was acquired by Mary Adshead and has remained with her family until the present day – portrays a combination of 18th century architecture and later workers’ terraced houses, characteristic of many Welsh border towns.
Mary Adshead was at the Slade (1921-24) several years before Drusilla Way though
she might have acquired this 1928 composition when she was in London working on her mural The Four Continents for No. 2 Bedford Square. Way attended the Slade from 1925 to 1929.  Many of her London period compositions were based on the area in which she lived around Raynes Park.

Drusilla Mary Way (1908-1997)

Drusilla Mary Way b. 2 Jun 1908 d. June 1997, Hampshire, England. She was born in Simla, India to Ehret Way (1877-1913) Civil Engineer and Clarice Imogene (nee Tippetts). She travelled to England on the P&O S.S. Persia from Bombay via Durban, South Africa, arriving London, June 1913. She was accompanied by her mother and brother Lewis Durand Way. 

She was educated at Grove School, Highgate and entered the Slade School of Fine Art in the 3rd Term of the 1925-26 academic session (May 1926). Her address in that first year is given as 66 Grand Drive, Raynes Park. In that first year she took classes in Drawing and Painting.  Her last year at the Slade was 1928-29, at this point she was living in the address you provide. She took courses in Drawing and Painting in each of the three terms that year.

She married in London, 1932 Lieutenant Derek Gordon Harington Hawes (of the Indian Army)(1907-1986). They sailed, 1st class from London on the P&O. SS Ranpura bound for Tokyo. Probably on honeymoon. Not sure if they stopped off at India.  

Drusilla Way exhibited at the NEAC in 1929, and the  Young Painters Society exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries 1930  where her painting ‘The Tomb’ was complimented for the  the elegant sophistication that we associate with Mary Adshead.

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