Kathleen Scott (Edith Agnes Kathleen Bruce)

Kathleen Scott

Born Edith Agnes Kathleen Bruce at Carlton in Lindrick, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, she was the youngest of eleven children of Canon Lloyd Stuart Bruce (1829–1886) and Jane Skene (d. 1880). Kathleen Scott attended St George’s School, Edinburgh then the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1900 to 1902. She then enrolled at the Académie Colarossi in Paris from 1902 to 1906 and was befriended by Auguste Rodin. On her return to London, she became acquainted with George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm and J.M. Barrie. Three of Scott’s busts feature in the collection of London’s National Portrait Gallery, and she is also the subject of thirteen photographic portraits there. Kathleen Scott sculpted a statue of her first husband, Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, of which there are two versions: a bronze statue erected in Waterloo Place, London, in 1915 and a replica in white marble located in Christchurch, New Zealand, put up in 1917. A plaque to Scott is on the exterior of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge with a statue of “Youth” (1920), for which the model was A.W. Lawrence, younger brother of T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”). She also sculpted a statue of Edward Smith, captain of the Titanic, after his death. This is situated in Beacon Park, Lichfield, England. Her statue at Oundle School entitled “Here Am I, Send Me” is erroneously held to be modelled on Peter Scott. She also produced a small bronze of the Indian actor Sabu which is now missing, after a theft. A memorial statue of Charles Rolls by Scott stands on the promenade in Dover. In 1913, she was granted the rank (but not the style) of a widow of a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. This meant that, for the purposes of establishing official precedence, she was treated as if she were the widow of such a knight. However, she was not entitled to be called Lady Scott merely by virtue of this, and it did not amount to Captain Scott being posthumously knighted. When her second husband was created Baron Kennet on 15 July 1935, she gained the title Baroness Kennet.

Born

  • March, 27, 1878
  • United Kingdom
  • Carlton in Lindrick, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire

Died

  • July, 25, 1947
  • United Kingdom
  • London, England

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