William Scott – An Orchard of Pears, No.10

William Scott
An Orchard of Pears, No. 10
CR 816
Oil on canvas
63.3 x 76.3 cm (25 x 30 inches)

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Private collection.
Direct from the estate.


William Scott, exh.cat., Gallery Kasahara, Osaka, 1977, pp. 14, 23, illustrated in black-and-white (as An Orchard of Pears X, 1976) (first illustration)

Norbert Lynton, William Scott, Thames & Hudson, London, 2004, p. 334


Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Real Life (Peter Moores Project 4), 2 June – 6 September 1977, no cat. nos. (dated 1977)

Gallery Kasahara, Osaka, William Scott, 28 November – 17 December 1977, no.10, illustrated in black-and-white (as An Orchard of Pears X, 1976)

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, William Scott, 11 October – 9 November 1996, no.8
(as Bowl with Three Pears, 1976)

Tate St Ives, and touring, William Scott, 26 January 2013 – 2 February 2014



The inspiration for the An Orchard of Pears series was the vigorous pear tree growing outside the artist’s studio at Coleford, a photograph of which is included in Kasahara 1977, with the artist standing beside it holding one of the fruits (cat. No. 807, fig.c) As Scott told Walter Moos, in a letter dated 5 January 1978, ‘I became a little obsessed with the tree on my studio wall last summer.’ That obsession had started the previous year, and continued into 1977, but signs had begun appearing as early as March 1975 when Scott sent Walter Moos a group of drawings ‘based on the theme of “fruit”. These drawings have not all been identified but at least one was a composition with two pears. In addition to the series An Orchard of Pears, Scott painted seven works titled Still Life, Pears, which he showed as a group at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin, in 1977.