The author of this family history is Cardwell McClure, son of Mary McClure, née Scott, the younger sister of renowned artist William Scott CBE, RA. Cardwell remembers how his mother told him that William, when a teenager, would get his younger sister to sit for him lacking any other willing members of the family.
This book provides a first hand experience of the family’s trials through poverty, tragedy, war and fame.
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
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.
To celebrate the life of the artist Claes Oldenburg, who passed away at the age of 93, James Scott is making his dual screen film The Great Ice Cream Robbery, featuring Oldenburg, available to stream until July 26th 2022.
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.
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.
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”
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”