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SCOTT-MOORE, Elizabeth

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1744 SCOTT-MOORE
Held at: Bankside Gallery
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Full title: SCOTT-MOORE, Elizabeth
Date(s): 1920s-1990s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator(s): Elizabeth Scott-Moore | nee Brier | 1904-1993 | artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Elizabeth Scott-Moore was born in Dartford, Kent, on 7 Oct 1904, the daughter of Henry Brier, inventor and engineer and his wife Victoria Mary (nee Curuthers) illustrator of childrens' books. Elizabeth began painting under her mothers' instruction, winning several medals from the Royal Drawing Society in her teens. She was educated at Gravesend School of Art, Goldsmiths College of Art where she trained under Edmund Sullivan, and the Southampton Row School of Arts and Craft.

At college, she was friend with Graham Sutherland and Kathleen Barry. She met her future husband John Scott-Moore during her journeys to college, he was 20 years her senior, married in 1937 and in they 1945 moved their home to Wentworth Golf Course, Virginia Water, Surrey. He died in 1947. She followed her mother working as a freelance childrens' book illustrator, working for Blackies, Nelsons and the Oxford University Press amongst others until 1947.

Her work was influenced by her brother Ronald Brier, and artist friend Alfred Hayward. She chiefly worked in the medium of watercolour, oil, gouache, pastel and pencil, and enjoyed depicting cats, cats in landscape, flowers, childrens' and adult portraits. Showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the first time in 1948, she became a regular exhibitor. She helds the Queen's Diploma, and a Gold Medal form the Paris Salon 1962, which she won for her portrait in oils of Alfred Hayward.

Initially belonging to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, she resigned over the question of women's votes in the affairs of the society. Her friendship with Cosmo Clark led to her nomination for the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) in 1966. She became an associate in 1966, and a full member in 1975. She was appointed the first woman trustee of the Society in 1986. Also past Lady Member and Council member of the Artists of Chelsea, and an honorary member of the New English Art Club.

On her death, 12 August 1993, she became one of the RWS major benefactors, enabling the archive of the society to be catalogued. She is also commemorated by the RWS award - The Elizabeth Scott-Moore prize - which is given to non-members for outstanding contributions to watercolours. Her work may be seen in the Museum of Transport, the Guildhall and the Royal Collection.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Elizabeth Scott-Moore, comprising correspondence, working papers, scrapbooks and photographs, 1920s-1990s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

By appointment, contact the Archivist of the Royal Watercolour Society, in the first instance, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, Blackfriars, London SE1 9JH.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

The material is uncatalogued

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the Royal Watercolour Society on her death. Transferred 1993-1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Archives of the Royal Watercolour Society are held at Bankside Gallery.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Obituaries in The Times, 27 Aug 1993, and The Independent 23 Aug 1993; Artist File in the Bankside collection. Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2003

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