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Scott, Peter (Sir)

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00166573
Scott, Peter (Sir)

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 14 September 1909; died 29 August 1989, in Bristol.

Painter, illustrator. Landscapes, animals.

Peter Scott was the son of the polar explorer Captain R.F. Scott and of the artist Kathleen Kennet, who sculpted the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. He was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire, where the headmaster K. Fisher, brother of James Fisher the ornithologist, encouraged his interest in the natural world and in birds. He continued his education at Trinity College, Cambridge and trained at the Royal Academy and in Munich. Sir Peter Scott was a prominent conservationist, and he used his artistic talent to fund his many projects, which included the Wildfowl Trust in Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. He painted mainly, but not exclusively, birds (the panda on the Worldwide Fund for Nature's logo was inspired by one of his paintings), with a preference for geese in full flight against a sunset or a dawn scene. This became known as 'Scott's standard formula'....

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Subjects: Painting ; Book Arts and Illustration ; Art of the Middle East and North Africa ; 20th-Century Art

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