Gertrude Demain HAMMOND (1862-1953) ✿

Gertrude Demain Hammond or Mrs. McMurdie (1862 – 21 July 1952) was a British painter and children's book illustrator and contributed to many works throughout her career. One children’s book she helped illustrate was Velma Bourgeois Richmond’s Shakespeare as Children's Literature: Edwardian Retellings in Words and Pictures, which aimed to make Shakespeare’s literature more accessible for children, therefore encouraging them to take an interest in the humanities and art of reading.
Hammond was born in Brixton, London. She is known for graphic design and typography, and exhibited from 1886 in London at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street. Her 1904 work Memories was included in the book Women Painters of the World.
Gertrude’s paintings and illustrations consisted of mainly portraits, interior genre scenes, and literary subjects, all done in watercolor. She was given the opportunity to exhibit at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colors where she presented Youth’s Spring-Tribute.
This graphic watercolor illustrated Youth’s Spring-Tribute, from a sequence of poems, The House of Life, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in 1881. This watercolor was then reproduced in a publication of an Edwardian birthday book in 1905, The Beautiful Birthday Book, replicating watercolors by Hammond.

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