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Sir Peter Markham Scott

(1909-1989), Wildlife artist, naturalist and sailor; Olympian

Sitter in 31 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Son of Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and sculptor Kathleen Scott, Peter Scott studied zoology, botany and history of art before attending the Royal Academy Schools. After World War II, during which he served in the Navy, Scott set up the Severn Wildfowl Trust. In the 1950s he helped establish the BBC’s natural history unit, hosting the programmes Look on television and Nature Parliament on radio. In 1961 he co-founded the World Wildlife Fund, and from 1962–8 chaired the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. A prolific author and illustrator, Scott's first book was Morning Flight (1925) and his last Travel Diaries of a Naturalist (1983–7). Knighted in 1973, in 1987 he became Companion of Honour and a fellow of the Royal Society.

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Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19252

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 April 1934
NPG x19252

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84760

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 18 April 1934
NPG x84760

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19249

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 April 1934
NPG x19249

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19250

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 April 1934
NPG x19250

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30924

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 June 1939
NPG x30924

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84761

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 7 June 1939
NPG x84761

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30922

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 June 1939
NPG x30922

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30923

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 June 1939
NPG x30923

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30925

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 June 1939
NPG x30925

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30926

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 June 1939
NPG x30926

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by John Gay - NPG x126521

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126521

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by John Gay - NPG x126522

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126522

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by John Gay - NPG x126523

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126523

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by John Gay - NPG x126524

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126524

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x29826

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Madame Yevonde
solarised bromide print on grey card mount, circa 1960
NPG x29826

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26343

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1965
NPG x26343

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166040

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 6 March 1969
NPG x166040

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166041

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 6 March 1969
NPG x166041

Sir Peter Markham Scott, by Dominic Old - NPG x25276

Sir Peter Markham Scott

by Dominic Old
bromide fibre print, June 1985
NPG x25276

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