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) exhibited 1881-1905. Scott was a British figure, landscape and still life painter who lived in London and Brighton. There were four generations of local artists and the family archive was left to Hove Museum in the will of Amy Scott. One of her oils is in the Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries collection, as is her portrait by Harry Mileham.
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.