William Scott – Mining Landscape, Somerset

William Scott
Mining Landscape, Somerset
1952
Oil on Canvas
67 x 81 cms (26.25 x 32 inches)

 

Provenance

William Brooker.
John Christopherson.
Sotheby’s, 17 march 1965, lot 120 (as village with Slag Heap).
Sotheby’s, 22 November 1972, lot 137 (as Village with Slag Heap).
Direct from the Estate

Literature

‘Leicester Galleries. Artists of Fame and Promise,’ The Times, 18th July 1952.

Hanover Gallery, Letter to William Scott, 7 December 1972, enclosing receipt for purchase from Sotheby’s.

Ronald Alley and T.P.Flanagan, William Scott, exh. Cat., Arts Council of Norhter Ireland, Belfast, 1986, p. 51, illustrated in black-and-white (as Mine in Wales, 1946) first illustration)

Norbert Lynton, William Scott, Thames &Hudson, London, 2004, pp.l156, 157, illustrated in colour (as Village with Slagheap)

Exhibited

Leicester Galleries, London, Artists of Fame and Promise, Part One, July 1952, no. 122.

Ulster Museum, Belfast, and touring, William Scott, 13 June-16 November 1986, no. 11, illustrated in black-and-white (as Mine in Wales, 1946).

Description

This painting was picked out by the art critic of The Times in his review of the exhibition Artists of Fame and of Promise, which opened at the Leicester Galleries in July 1952: ‘Mr William Scott’s “Minding Landscape, Somerset,” almost entirely in black and white, is an interesting attempt to apply the artist’s gift for vivid simplification to landscape.’

It is very likely that the painting shows ‘The Batch’, a landmark slap heap at Paulton a village near Hallatrow, which would have been well known to the artist. (Paulton was the terminus of the northern branch of the Somerset coal canal.)

The stone wall of the left and the thread-like line connecting it to the town beneath relate this work to the Cornish Harbour paintings of the same year.

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