Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890

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British painter and poet.

From the description of William Bell Scott sketchbook and letters, 1862-1889. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 146001036

Scott was a poet, painter, and art critic. He was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was accepted by the Pre-Raphaelites.

From the description of William Bell Scott collection, 1837-1891. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 436108757

British poet of the Victorian era.

From the description of Letter, 1889. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122608840

From the guide to the William Bell Scott letter, 1889, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

William Bell Scott was born in Edinburgh; he was taught engraving by his father, but aspired for a career as a poet and painter. He began publishing poetry in local newspapers, and made his way to London, where he became a member of London's literary circle. He continued publishing poetry, in addition to a large and eclectic output as painter, engraver, editor, and critic. He is remembered more for his diverse output and literary friendships than any singular achievement.

From the description of William Bell Scott letters to Mr. & Mrs. H. Buxton Forman, 1887. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57659877

Scotch artist and poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Conway, 1879 Oct. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270853620

Scottish poet and painter.

From the description of An Ode to the Sphinx considered as the symbol of religious mystery : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript unsigned, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270635223

From the description of Anthony the Anchorite : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript of the poem signed, [ca. 1861-63]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270633243

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : [London], to Miss Hunt, 1878 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270634539

William Bell Scott (1811-1890) was born in Edinburgh, the son of the engraver Robert Scott, and initially trained in his father's profession, but from an early age was drawn to the writing of poetry. He migrated to London in 1837, where he turned to historical painting, and gained many friends and acquaintances in literary and artistic circles. In 1839 he married Letitia Margery Norquoy, and in 1843 accepted the post of head master of the School of Design in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he lived until his retirement and return to London in 1864.

While in Newcastle Scott was befriended by Pauline, Lady Trevelyan, and commissioned to paint the major work of his artistic career, the decoration of the hall at Wallington (Northumberland), including eight large panels depicting Northumbrian history. After his return to London, he was commissioned to do part of the decoration of the South Kensington Museum, and he continued to paint and exhibit, and to contribute regularly to periodicals such as The Academy and the Athenaeum . He published five volumes of poetry, a number of works on art, and contributed editorial matter and illustrations to editions of the Romantic poets. His Autobiographical notes, published posthumously, aroused much controversy because of his adverse comments on some of his associates.

Scott's poem, The year of the world, published in 1846, aroused the enthusiasm of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and he became a close friend of the Rossetti family, including Dante Gabriel's brother William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), the recipient of these letters. In 1872 Dante Gabriel Rossetti suffered a severe breakdown, followed by attempted suicide, and Scott was intimately involved in this crisis. Scott's marriage was not a satisfactory one, and in 1859 he formed a relationship with Alice Boyd. This lasted until his death, while preserving the facade of his marriage. In 1864 Alice Boyd inherited Penkill Castle in Ayrshire, and thereafter the Scotts regularly spent the summer at Penkill, while Alice lived as their guest in London for the rest of the year.

From the guide to the William Bell Scott Letters, 1850-1890, (Repository Unknown)

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creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Letter, 1887, June 16, Girvan, Scotland, to [Sir Sidney] Colvin. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Leathart, James. James Leathart fonds. University of British Columbia Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Anthony the Anchorite : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript of the poem signed, [ca. 1861-63]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. William Bell Scott sketchbook and letters, 1862-1889. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. Dante Gabriel Rossetti collection of papers, [1855]-1941 bulk (1863-1882). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Brereton, J. le Gay (John le Gay), 1827-1886. Poems [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909. Algernon Swinburne collection, 1854-1908. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden, b. 1857,. Letters from various individuals to Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist, 1880-1905. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894. Christina Georgina Rossetti letters and burial hymns, 1876-1895, undated. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894. Poems in manuscript, 1869-1871. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Dante Gabriel Rossetti collection of papers, 1855]-1941, 1863-1882 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Bates, 1879 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Colbeck, R. Norman (Reginald Norman), 1903-. Colbeck manuscript collection. University of British Columbia Library
creatorOf Hodge, Charles, 1797-1878. Lecture notes, 1864. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. [William Bell Scott miscellanea]. University of British Columbia Library
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. William Bell Scott collection, 1837-1891. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909. Algernon Swinburne collection, 1854-1908. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Letters to Arthur J. Munby : manuscript, 1878-1887. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. William Bell Scott letters to Mr. & Mrs. H. Buxton Forman, 1887. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Penkill Castle,. Penkill collection. University of British Columbia Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. William B. Scott letters to A. Johnston, 1850-1851. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Autograph notebook with lists of books purchased, 1880-1884. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Letter, 1889. American Primers
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Letter to [Henry Charles] Beeching. Ayrshire. 1887 July 17. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Brief literary manuscripts collection, 1783-1949. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf William Bell Scott letter, 1889 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf William Bell Scott Letters, 1850-1890
referencedIn Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910. William Holman Hunt fonds. University of British Columbia Library
creatorOf Jones, Ebenezer, 1820-1860. Autograph letter signed Ebenezer Jones to: "My dear sir" June, 1847. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bowring, John, 1792-1872. John Bowring letter to Mr. Coppinger, portraits, and remembrance card, 1841-1872. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. Autograph letter signed with initials : London, to Edmund Bates, 1880 Apr. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Trevelyan Family Papers, 1758-1962 Newcastle University
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Autograph letter signed : London, to Conway, 1879 Oct. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Autographed correspondence collection of British-Canadian writers, 1804-1954. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Crawhall, Joseph, 1821-1896. Joseph Crawhall album : London, assembled 1890. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Algernon Swinburne collection, 1854-1908 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Autograph letter signed : London, to Joseph Crawhall, 1878 Dec. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Autograph letter signed with initials : [London], to Miss Hunt, 1878 Apr. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to William B. Scott, 1857 Dec. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. An Ode to the Sphinx considered as the symbol of religious mystery : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript unsigned, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
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associatedWith Anthony, Saint. person
associatedWith Beeching, H. C. (Henry Charles), 1859-1919, person
associatedWith Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828. person
associatedWith Blake, William, 1757-1827. person
associatedWith Bowring, John, 1792-1872. person
associatedWith Boyd, Alice. person
associatedWith Brereton, J. le Gay (John le Gay), 1827-1886. person
associatedWith Colbeck, R. Norman (Reginald Norman), 1903- person
associatedWith Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927, person
associatedWith Conway, fl. 1879, person
associatedWith Crane, Walter, 1845-1915. person
associatedWith Crawhall, Joseph, 1821-1896, person
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917. person
associatedWith Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden, b. 1857, person
associatedWith Hill, George Birkbeck Norman, 1835-1903 person
associatedWith Hodge, Charles, 1797-1878. person
associatedWith Hunt, Alfred William, 1830-1896. person
associatedWith Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. person
associatedWith Hunt, Mr, person
associatedWith Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910. person
correspondedWith Johnston, Alexander, 1815-1891 person
associatedWith Jones, Ebenezer, 1820-1860. person
associatedWith Keats, John, 1795-1821. person
associatedWith Leathart, James. person
associatedWith Linton, E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn), 1822-1898. person
associatedWith Linton, W. J. (William James), 1812-1897. person
associatedWith Lockhart, J. G. (John Gibson), 1794-1854. person
associatedWith Lohf, Kenneth A., person
associatedWith Munby, Arthur Joseph, 1828-1910. person
associatedWith Penkill Castle, corporateBody
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894. person
associatedWith Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. person
associatedWith Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919 person
associatedWith Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. person
associatedWith Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. person
associatedWith Shelley Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909. person
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. Special Collections Research Center corporateBody
associatedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 person
associatedWith Wilson, John, 1785-1854. person
associatedWith Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
England
Great Britain
Italy
France
Subject
Material Types
Sphnix
Sepulchral monuments
Male authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
English literature--19th century
Poets, English--19th century--Correspondence
Literature
Painters--Correspondence
Art critics--Correspondence
Hermits
Botanical illustration
Letters
Ornithology--Study and teaching
Correspondence
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Manuscripts--English
Pre--Raphaelites
Painting, English--19th century
Occupation
Engravers
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Birth 1811-09-12

Death 1890-11-22

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