Crane Kalman Gallery

William Scott

(British, 1913–1989)

still life with orange notes by william scott

William Scott

Still Life with Orange Notes, 1980

Price on Request



Born Greenock, Scotland, son of an Irish father and Scottish mother
Family returned to father’s home town in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Regarding his childhood he would later say : ‘I was brought up in a grey world, an austere world: the garden I knew was a cemetery and we had no fine furniture.’
Entered Belfast College of Art.
Moved to London, entered the Royal Academy Schools, beginning in sculpture School.
Awarded silver medal for sculpture.
1934 - 1935
Transferred to Painting School.
Awarded Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship.
Worked for six months near Penzance, Cornwall. On this experience he wrote in 1972: ‘I think the first big break came when I went to Cornwall in 1936...I started to think of a primitive realism as something to be aimed for.’
1937 - 1938
Lived in Italy for six months, visiting Florence, Venice and Rome.
Married Mary Lucas a fellow student at the RA Schools.
Moved to Pont Aven, Brittany.
Met Geoffrey Nelson, with whom the Scotts organised the Pont Aven School of Painting.
There Scott decided he was not a landscapist, feeling mainly attracted by man-made things he began focusing on still life, developing a deep affinity for the tradition of Chardin and Braque.
Elected Societaire du Salon d’Automne, Paris.
Moved to Saint Tropez and Cagnes-sur-Mer , South of France.