Hugh Scott; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1940; 710


Hugh Scott

About this object

A charcoal (conté) sketch of a man, Hugh Scott, wearing glasses and possibly smoking a cigarette or pipe, as seen from above.



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Medium and Materials

Conté on paper

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston studied briefly with Hugh Scott.

Hugh Scott was born in England and studied art in Dresden, Florence and at the Academie Julian in Paris. He emigrated to Nelson in the 1920s with his wife Leila. Hugh worked with Mina Arndt in Motueka, then in Nelson taught drawing at Nelson College and set up an art school in Collingwood Street where he took Toss Woollaston as a pupil in 1930. His two rules ‘slap it on in oils and slop it on in watercolours’ were exciting for Toss at the time and he made his first foray into oils under Scott’s tutelage.
Toss and Edith enjoyed a long friendship with the Scotts, especially after Hugh and Leila retired to Mapua.

Source: Toss Woollaston A Life in Letters, ed Jill Trevelyan, 2004 and The Suter 100 Years in Nelson, Susan Butterworth, 1999

Scott was known as a pipe smoker and described as rarely seen without one. He is the subject of another portrait in The Suter Collection, by Mina Arndt (acc# 335), in which he is smoking a pipe.

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1978

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