Robert John Scott (Bertie)

Bertie Scott at 20 years of age. Photo courtesy of McClure Archives
Bertie Scott at 20 years of age.  Photo courtesy of McClure Archives

It was 100 years today when William Scott’s younger brother Bertie was born in 1922.  Having set up a printing company with his older brother Charlie the business struggled to compete and it eventually folded.

Bertie then decided to emigrate to New Zealand in 1949 with his wife to be, the future looked bright for the couple as they settled into their adopted country, but tragedy once again struck the Scott family when his young life ended abruptly in 1951, the scaffolding he was working on collapsed and he was killed.

This was the fourth tragedy to occur for the Scott family.  William’s other brother, Hughie, had been killed in August 1942 in Operation Pedestal off Malta and his own father was killed fighting a fire in Enniskillen in 1927 followed by the sudden death of his baby sister Violet in 1931

Hugh Scott

Hugh Scott
Hugh Scott photographed in 1941

On 12 August 1942, William Scott’s brother Hugh was killed on board HMS Indomitable in ‘Operation Pedestal’ off the coast of Malta.  The aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable was on its way to rendezvous in Freetown, under Captain T H Troubridge with the code name Force K.

Whilst Hughie’s body was interred at sea, the war memorial in Enniskillen commemorates his sacrifice as a Royal Marine.

Based in London, whilst serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, William Scott returned home to Enniskillen on compassionate leave.

An Orchard of Pears, No. 15, 1976 or 1977

An Orchard of Pears, No15, 1976 or 1977

An Orchard of Pears, No. 15
1976 or 1977
Oil on canvas
39.6 × 46.7 cm / 15½ × 18½ in approx.
Collection of ING Commercial Banking UK

This work was one of in the An Orchard of Pears Series. Charcoal lines visible under the paint indicate that Scott altered the position of several of the pears.

It was reproduced as An Orchard of Pears XV, 1976, at the Gallery Kasahara exhibition of 1977.

In 1988 it was purchased by the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, and in November 1992 it was included in a sale at Sotheby’s, London. Later, it was acquired by Barings Bank which, after its collapse in 1995, became ING Bank NV, becoming part of the ING Collection.

The ING Collection is an award winning corporate collection, focused on forward looking art.  ING UK have selected An Orchard of Pears, No. 15 as their work of their month.

William Scott

Berlin Blues series as shown at the Tate retrospective, 1972

It was 50 years ago that the retrospective exhibition William Scott: Paintings Drawings and Gouaches 1938-1971 was held at the Tate Gallery, London 19 April-29 May 1972.

This major exhibition was organised by Sir Alan Bowness in collaboration with the artist.

The Retrospective was designed by the artist’s son Robert Scott who set out the total layout and the wall positioning of every painting and drawing having made a scale model of the total installation.

He also designed the sophisticated overhead lighting grid which was to be used by the Tate in their main exhibition gallery for many years afterwards.

Sir Alan Bowness

Alan Bowness, William Scott: Paintings, Lund Humphries, London, 1964
Alan Bowness, William Scott: Paintings, Lund Humphries, London, 1964

We are sad to hear the news that Sir Alan Bowness has passed away. Sir Alan Bowness gave enormous support to the William Scott Foundation during the preparation of the Catalogue Raisonné, having an in depth knowledge on William Scott.

He had a close relationship with Scott and in 1972, Bowness in collaboration with the artist, organised the major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, William Scott, Paintings Drawings and Gouaches 1938–1971. The catalogue was written by Bowness and was his second text to appear on the artist. The first, in 1964, a Monograph on William Scott.

Six of the best catalogues raisonnés

William Scott Catalogue Raisonné of Oil Paintings

The William Scott Catalogue Raisonné of Oil Paintings is  one of the essential texts on leading artist selected by Anna Brady.

This hefty four-volume catalogue raisonné was published to mark the centenary of the British artist’s birth. Containing more than 1,000 paintings completed by Scott between 1928 and 1986, the catalogue took six years to compile and draws on material from the Scott family archive, including many previously unpublished letters. Continue reading “Six of the best catalogues raisonnés”

Art Crush

Dark Brown, Orange and White, 1963

The designers behind a new app hope their work will give unique and easy access to some of the country’s greatest art treasures.

The free app, Art Crush, has been developed by Newcastle-based digital design agency Bloom as part of Sunderland Culture’s prestigious partnership with Arts Council Collection (ACC), the National Partners Programme. Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is one of only three galleries nationwide chosen to host artwork from the Arts Council Collection, an important national loan collection of modern and contemporary British Art.
The app will showcase works from the ACC, which includes art by William Scott. Continue reading “Art Crush”

Ludovic de Walden

Ludovic de Walden

It is with great sadness that the William Scott Foundation has lost Trustee Ludovic de Walden “Ludo” on 2 November 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19.

Ludo gave us enormous support and resolved numerous intellectual property issues, his knowledge, guidance and gregariousness will be hugely missed.