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W R S Stott: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Monday, 18 July 2011

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W R S Stott was a Scottish artist and illustrator.

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“With a breathless leap he was at the steering wheel”. An illustration by W. R. S. Stott for the Herbert Strang Annual (1912)

Little is known about Stott, although a little research reveals that his full name was William Robertson Smith Stott, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 5 August 1878, the youngest of nine children of joiner/carpenter Alexander Stott and his wife Margaret (nee Petrie).

Stott was raised in Aberdeen but subsequently moved to London. He was active as an artist from around 1905 and, by the early 1920s, was living at 14a Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London.

His book illustrations included numerous romantic historical adventures, including an edition of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Cassell, 1913) published with 8 colour plates by Stott. Other books illustrated by Stott include

Pioneers of Australia (c.1910), The Romance of Canada (c.1910) and The Romance of India (c.1913), all edited by Herbert Strang, Two Dover Boys; or, Captured by Corsairs by Gertrude Hollis (1911), Hawkwood the Brave by William Beck (1911), The Ferry House Girls by Bessie Marchant (1912), The Air Scout by Herbert Strang (1912), The Adventurous Seven by Bessie Marchant (1914), Brave Deeds of the War by Donald A. Mackenzie (with others, 1916) and The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1934).

Stott died at Belgravia Nursing Home on 19 December 1939, aged 61.

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