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    Sale 7729

    20th Century British Art

    21 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)

    Blue Mugs

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    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
    Blue Mugs
    oil on canvas
    16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1956.
    This work is recorded in the William Scott Archive as No. 66 and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of works in oil.

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    Alan Bowness comments on the still life compositions of this period, 'After the years of near abstraction, he had suddenly in 1955 turned back to still life. He began by painting a number of small canvases of saucepans with pears picking up on the thread from an earlier picture of 1950. Another series of small paintings with the more or less interchangeable forms of bowls, mugs and bottles was done in 1956 [which includes the present work]. This was the year Scott stopped teaching at Corsham, and at 42 he was at last able to paint full-time. He had taken an apartment and a studio in Chelsea in 1952, and now spent part of the year in London' (see op. cit., p. 10).

    The thick impasto and arrangement of objects seen in Blue Mugs may owe as much to Nicholas de Staël, a memorial exhibition of whose work was shown in London in the summer of 1956, as it does to the still lifes of Chardin, Cezanne and Braque which continued to fascinate Scott.

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    with Hanover Gallery, London.
    Hans and Elspeth Juda Collection, London.
    Mr and Mrs Hans Juda; Sotheby's, London, 1 November 1967, lot 94, where purchased by the present owner.


    A. Bowness, William Scott, London, 1964, p. 35, no. 67, illustrated.


    London, Hanover Gallery, William Scott: Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, September - October 1956, no. 15.
    Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, William Scott, June - July 1960, no. 20: this exhibition travelled to Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall, September - October 1960; and Munich, Stadtische Galerie, January - February 1961.
    Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, In Our View: Some paintings and sculpture bought by Hans and Elspeth Juda between 1931-1967, May - June 1967, no. 113, illustrated.