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Kathleen Scott

(1878-1947), Sculptor; former wife of Robert Falcon Scott, and later wife of 1st Baron Kennet

(Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (née Bruce), Lady Scott (later Lady Kennet)

Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Artist of 3 portraits
Kathleen Scott achieved distinction as a traditional sculptor working in clay from life and during the 1930s her portraits were much in demand. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, Atelier Colarossi in Paris, and with Rodin. In 1908 she married the Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott and was widowed four years later. By then she had an established career as a sculptor. Her sitters included Shaw, Lloyd George, Yeats, Galsworthy and Lawrence.

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W.B. Yeats, by Kathleen Scott - NPG 3644

W.B. Yeats

by Kathleen Scott
plaster cast of mask, 1907
NPG 3644

W.B. Yeats, by Kathleen Scott - NPG 3644a

W.B. Yeats

by Kathleen Scott
bronze head, 1955, based on a work of 1907
NPG 3644a

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Dr Michael Barclay

09 May 2019, 10:02

There is another portrait of Kathleen Bruce by Charles Haslewood Shannon in the collection of the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. This portrait entitled the 'Sculptress' shows Kathleen Bruce in a black artist's smock, with sculpting tools in hand working on a small clay model. The Musee D'Orsay also owns the study for this painting. The portrait was part of a gift to the Luxembourg Gallery by Shannon and Ricketts' patron Sir Edmund Davis of a then representative collection of British Art before the First World War. The Luxembourg's collection was transferred to the Musee D'Orsay in the 1980's.

Dr Michael Barclay

30 March 2019, 17:29

Kathleen Bruce also had a close friendship with the artist Charles Haslewood Shannon R.A.(1864-1937) Shannon was a celebrated lithographer, portrait painter and painter of lyrical subjects, he is represented by several portrait paintings in the NPG most notably a self portrait 'The Man in a Black Shirt' and 'The Man in an Inverness Cape', a portrait of his life long friend and companion the artist Charles Ricketts R.A.
Shannon used Kathleen Bruce as a model in several of his subject paintings. He painted two superb portraits of her:' The Lady in the Blue Feathered Hat' (now in South Africa) and the 'Souvenir of the International Ball' (now in the United States of America). Charles Shannon was devastated when she told him she was going to marry Robert Falcon Scott, who she had met at the home of Mabel Beardsley, Aubrey Beardsley's sister.
Shannon dedicated a second version of one of his most celebrated paintings 'The Fisherman and The Mermaid' to her.
Kathleen Bruce sculpted a small, but full figure portrait of Charles Shannon sketching. A bronze version of which was recently (2018) exhibited at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

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