Henry Scott; The Wool Clipper ‘’Oberon’’
01 Marine Painting — Edward William Cooke, With Footnotes, #269

Henry Scott FRSA (1911–2005)
The Wool Clipper ‘’Oberon’’

Oil on canvas
13.5 x 19.5in.
Private collection

Oberon proved herself one of the swiftest thoroughbreds in the so-called ‘Wool Fleet’. Her best-ever passage was Melbourne to London in 77 days when, after leaving Australian waters on 15th November 1874, she docked in London on 31st January 1875 having made — by a handsome margin — the fastest time of the season. Changing owners several times later in her life, she was eventually sold to an Italian concern in 1894 which renamed her Prospero Repetto, a more ambitious but far less attractive name than the one which had made her famous. Thereafter sailing out of Genoa, she finally disappears from record around 1905, presumably scrapped. More on Oberon

Henry Scott F.R.S.A, 1911–2005, British, was a painter of marines and coastal subjects strongly associated with the Royal Society of Artists. As well as painting lucrative shipping portraits for some of his wealthy clientele, he also executed a number of works of British and American clippers. His works have often been confused with those of Montague Dawson. Scott worked in a similar way to that of Dawson and captured a wonderful freshness and feel of immediacy. Scott’s palette is striking, with all surfaces and elements observed, capturing every movement in full flow. His sails are nearly always bellowed with a good stiff breeze, which is further emphasised by the spray of the water being wisped across the top of the choppy seas. Particularly notable are his skies which move the subject helping the canvas feel alive. In 1970 Scott was commissioned to paint ‘Morning Cloud’ which was skippered and owned by the then Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Edward Heath, P.C., M.B.E., M.P.. Scott exhibited at the Society of Marine Artists; The Royal Exchange, London; The Guildhall, London and The Royal Academy. He also exhibited at the St. Malo Museum, France and at Madison Square in New York. He was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and awarded an honorary Life Member ‘Cape Homers’ by the International Association of Master Mariners. More on Henry Scott

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