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Edward William Stott, 1859-1918

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1859
Place of Birth: Rochdale
Date of Death: 1918.03.19
Place of Death: Amberley

Identity:

Edward William Stott was a landscape and genre painter.

Stott was unmarried.

Life:

Stott trained in Manchester and with Alexandre Cabanel and Carolus-Duran (Charles-Emile-Auguste Durand) at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Returning to England he lived in Evesham, Worcestershire. Jules Bastien-Lepage and Jean-Francois Millet influenced his early works which also resemble those by Sir George Clausen and Henry Herbert La Thangue.

The impact of the Newlyn School may be discerned in his rural paintings of the countryside around Amberly, Sussex. Stott made detailed preparatory drawings, usually in chalk, for his works and went on to develop a type of pointillist style. His later works also utilised Biblical subjects.

Stott exhibited at the RA from 1883, being elected ARA in 1906. In addition, Stott exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery and New Gallery and was a founder member of the New English Art Club in 1886. Stott bequeathed the majority of his money to the RA for travelling scholarships.

Stott was influenced by JW, during the latter's Presidency of the Society of British Artists and is included in a list of potential guests for the dinner held in JW's honour at the Criterion in May 1889.

Bibliography:

Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Artists, 2nd ed., revised, Woodbridge, 1978; Walkley, Giles, Artists' houses in London 1764-1914, Aldershot, 1994; http://www.lbhf.gov.uk (accessed 2003).