Archive Blog – May 2015

Happy 78th Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs Scott!

William and Mary Scott at Chideock, Dorset, 1937

On 19 May 1937, William Scott married Mary Lucas at Chelsea Register Office on the King’s Road, London. On the marriage certificate his profession is given as ‘Artist (Painter)’, and his address as ‘The Studio, 62 Lillie Road, Fulham’; Mary’s profession is given as ‘Sculptress’, and her address as ‘3, Edith Grove, Chelsea’. In the William Scott Archive we have a series of recollections set down by Mary, in one of which she recalled: ‘I had a small allowance from my father about £50 a year and we both won Landseer scholarships for £40 a year which was quite a lot, William had his in painting and mine was for sculpture … It was enough for us to get married and go to France. I had a very stuffy religious family. They objected to me going abroad with William, so we got married.’ There were two witnesses: Mary’s mother, Sybil Lucas (who had been given one week’s notice of the wedding), and the painter Robin Pearce. A menu card (signed on the back by wedding guests, including the painter Bernard Hailstone and his wife Joan) reveals that there was a small reception at the Good Intent (a restaurant in the King’s Road). Later that day, the couple left London for Paris where they spent a week staying in a small hotel near St Michel – Scott had secured work on a ‘1937 Paris exhibition’ (probably in the British pavilion of the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne).

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