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Clement William Scott, 1841-1904

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1841.10.06
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Date of Death: 1904.06.25
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Clement William Scott was an art and drama critic. He married, firstly, Isabella (Isabel) Louise Du Maurier, sister of George Du Maurier; they had four children but later divorced. He married, secondly, Constance Brandon; she may have met JW's wife Beatrix in 1895 (see #06632).

Life:

Clement William Scott began his career in 1860 as a clerk in the War Office. Later he turned to journalism and from 1872 became a well-known and often controversial drama critic for the Daily Telegraph. He went on to contribute art and drama criticism to numerous other London newspapers including the Sunday Times, Weekly Dispatch, London Figaro (from 1870) and the Observer. He was also an occasional contributor to the Contemporary Review. During the 1870s, in collaboration with John Hollingshead, he adapted several French comedies for the London stage. He also published several other works of his own including Thirty Years at the Play (1892), a volume of drama criticism and Pictures of the World (1894), on a journey around the world.

Bibliography:

Who Was Who, vol. 1, 1897-1915, London, 1920; Dictionary of National Biography, on-line edition (accessed 15 July 2004).