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S/1988 The Black Ball Clipper 'Indian Queen' by Henry Scott, F.R.S.A.

Built in 1853 - 1041 tons


Oil on Canvas

Canvas size: 24x36 in. (61x91.5 cm.)
Frame size: 29x41 in. (73.5x104 cm.)

Provenance: MacConnal Mason & Son, 14 Duke Street, St. James, London, S.W.1.

Henry Scott is one of the most prominent members of the British contemporary school and possibly the sole remaining painter of that school of marine artists to which Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) and Montague Dawson (1895-1973) belonged. The sea has been a life-long study and he has in his possession sketchbooks started at the age of eleven. He comes from a family of mariners dating back to the eighteenth century and a member of the Scott family, a compass and sextant maker, was the first person to fit a compass within an iron ship.

He served in the Royal Navy on corvettes, destroyers and various other vessels, which introduced him to the varied conditions of international waters including convoy escort duties in the Atlantic. He also worked with the United States Navy along the east and Gulf coast. This experience of various oceans served him well for it is the accuracy of his seas and his varied accomplishments that won him an Honorary Life Membership of the Cape Horners, or the International Association of Master Mariners.

For many years he has exhibited at the Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Exchange, the Guildhall, the Royal Academy in London and also at the St. Malo Museum in France. In 1970 he was commissioned to paint 'Morning Cloud' winning the Sydney-Hobart Race owned and skippered by the former Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Edward Heath, P.C., M.B.E., M.P.

His work is also singly honoured by being exhibited on the 'Cutty Sark', one of the most famous of all tea clippers and preserved by the nation in the dry on the Thamess in London.

His other exhibitions includes: New York, Monaco, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Dallas and the United Emirates.