August Drumm

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August Drumm (1886), painted by Leo Samberger
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Palatia on the Prinzregentenbrücke
August Drumm's grave slab in the Solln cemetery

August Drumm (born May 26, 1862 in Ulmet , † October 21, 1904 in Munich ) was a German sculptor .


August Drumm was born on May 26, 1862, the eighth of nine children of the Ulmeter millers Abraham and Maria Drumm. Five of his siblings died in childhood. From an early age, young August was more interested in manual work than in the school in Kaiserslautern .

In 1881, after failures at various schools in Kusel and Kaiserslautern and a commercial training with several teachers, August finally prevailed against his father and in 1881 moved to the Munich School of Applied Arts in the class of the sculptor Anton Heinrich Heß . He had found his way, two years later he started studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in the class of Syrius Eberle , where he met his future friend and neighbor Emil Dittler and attracted the attention of Prince Regent Luitpold . This enabled the up-and-coming young sculptor to study in Florence and Rome between 1887 and 1890 and later appointed him professor.

After his stay in Italy, Drumm settled in Munich.

Drumm is buried in the Solln cemetery. The grave slab of the now abandoned grave with a bronze relief made by Drumm himself depicting the head of Christ is now attached to the cemetery building next to the entrance to the cemetery.


As drumms major work that inaugurated in 1899 applies Peace Memorial on the Edenkobener Werder mountain. During the almost two-year construction period on the “Reiter von Edenkoben”, the bachelor met Amalie Lorenz, who was around ten years his junior. The couple married on May 26, 1902. Other major projects of the forgotten West Palatinate are the tomb of the Buhl family in Deidesheim from 1900, the embodiment of the Palatia on the Prinzregentenbrücke in Munich, the decorative paintings on the south portal of the Berlin Reichstag building and a war memorial in Ingolstadt. The Wittelsbacher Brunnen in Zweibrücken - where Drumm was an honorary citizen - also goes back to the Ulmeter master. The work, originally named after the patron Luitpold, was August Drumm's last major project in 1903.

In the realm of legend, however, the often rumored claim that Drumm's sculptures should also adorn Neuschwanstein Castle seems to belong.


  • Albert Zink: August Drumm, a Palatinate sculptor , In: Heimatblatt des Remigiuslandes , year 8, No. 11, November 1929
  • Hans von Malottki: From the Mühlbach to the art metropolis. - August Drumm, the creator of important monuments, died 95 years ago in Munich , In: The Voice of the Palatinate, Munich, December 1999 issue
  • Erik Sayer: Warrior takes up his post, bronze statue returned to the hometown of its creator , In: Westricher Rundschau , March 14, 2001, front page
  • Erik Sayer: Torn from the darkness. Exhibition in honor of August Drumm , In: Westricher Rundschau , June 18, 2004.
  • Dorle Gribl: Solln and the Prince Ludwigshöhe. Villas and their residents , Volk Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-86222-043-4 , pp. 44–46.
  • Gernot Spengler: August Drumm. Tribute to the artist who died 100 years ago . In: Landkreis Kusel (Pfalz) (Ed.): Westrichkalender 2005 . Görres-Verlag, 2005, ISSN  0724-0473 , p. 135–140 ( Rhineland-Palatinate Bibliography [accessed on August 3, 2015]).
  • Claudia Gilcher: One place, one person: August Drumm, the forgotten sculptor , In: Westricher Rundschau , supplement “Your weekend”, February 14, 2009.

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