Amy Scott (1860-1950)
|Artist Name||Amy Scott (1860-1950)|
|Title||Portrait of a Victorian Rock Star|
|Description||This large and ambitious exhibited Victorian portrait oil painting is by noted female artist Amy Scott. There were so many obstacles for women to pursue a career in art in the 19th century. The contribution of women artists such as Scott and many others are now being re evaluated and female artists are much sought after. Painted in 1886 when Scott was 26, this is clearly the work of a very talented and dedicated artist. The portrait is of a handsome young nobleman playing a piccolo or parlour guitar. This guitar was made in London by a luthier called Guiot, around 1840. The name parlour guitar is usually attributed to the fact that they became a popular form of guest entertainment in the 19th century, which, in wealthier homes, took place in a parlour room. The musician is seated and wearing possibly Spanish court dress of rich velvet and satin with an animal skin beside him. The colouring and textures are superbly lush and detailed. The depiction of his delicate handsome features is fantastic. This is a tremendous example of Scott's work and an excellent, large portrait that would stop you in your tracks in a museum.
Signed and dated 1886 lower right.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||40 x 50 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a richly sculpted original Victorian gilt frame, 62 inches by 52 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||.Amy Scott (1860-1950). Scott was a British figure, landscape and still life painter who lived in London and Brighton. She exhibited 1881-1905. There were four generations of local artists; her father John Henderson Scott (1829-1886), her grandfather William Henry Scott (1782-1850) and her great grandfather Edmund Scott (1758-1915) and she followed in their footsteps. The family archive was left to Hove Museum in the will of Amy Scott. The Scotts lived at 59 Brunswick Road, Hove, Brighton for more than three decades. A few years after her father died, around 1890, Amy had her own studio at 1 Silwood Terrace, Brighton and also gave art classes from there. One of her still life oils is in the Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries collection, as is her portrait, aged 85 years old, by artist Harry Robert Mileham. In 1988 The Brighton & Hove Museum and AG, had an exhibition devoted to the Scott family, including a painting by Amy Scott. She died in Brighton in 1950 at the age of 90.
Exhibited: Manchester City Art Gallery 2, Royal Academy 3, Royal Society of British Artists 4, Royal Institute of Painters of Watercolours 1, Royal Institute of Oil Painters 3, Society of Women Artists 11.