Archive Blog – January 2019

Sheet of photographs showing three sculptures made by Scott during his years at the Royal Academy Schools, and three paintings, one of which is [Mousehole Harbour], 1935 or 1936. William Scott Archive

William Scott: The Sculptor

In January 1934, William Scott, then a student at the RA Schools in London, decided to switch from studying sculpture to painting. Although at the time this request was made on the grounds that he felt more inclined to be a painter, Scott later explained that it had been for practical reasons: ‘One had to be pretty mobile in the early thirties. We changed our digs so frequently that the less gear we had to drag from one place to another the better. Besides, landladies were more tolerant to painters. They were rather against their bedrooms being used as sculptor’s studios. It was simply more convenient to be a painter!’ Although best known as a painter, Scott did continue to produce and exhibit sculptures well into the 1950s.