Kathleen Scott (English, 1878-1947): A bronze model of the artist's son Peter Scott as a boy
the boy seated cross legged, dark brown patination, the underside fitted with a bell, signed K Bruce Scott, 13cm high
Kathleen Scott studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, the Atelier Colarossi in Paris and with the important sculptor Rodin. She became renowned and in great demand for her portraits, and modelled various busts and full size statues of the leading figures of the day. She is also well known as the wife of Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott, whom she married in 1908. The present bronze is reputedly a touching portrait of her only child with Falcon Scott, Peter Scott.
Scott's maiden name was Bruce and it is interesting to note that she has used the name Bruce Scott when signing the present piece. The bronze is un-dated but would probably have been cast around 1910-13 when the child would have still been a toddler. She later went on to re-marry Sir Edward Hilton Young (later Baron Kennet of the Dene)in 1922 and have a second son. Scott exhibited at the Royal Academy from 191347 and examples of her work can now be found in the Tate Gallery (A bust of the Rt. Hon. H.H. Asquith, circa 1912-3) and in the National Portrait Gallery (see for example her bust of William Butler Yeats, circa 1907). Her renowned sitters included Shaw, Lloyd George, Yeats, Galsworthy and Lawrence.
Her son, the sitter, Peter Scott became famous in broadcasting, ornithology, painting, conservation and sport, and was later knighted.
Related Literature: Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I