ARTISTSir Peter Scott

Sir Peter Scott (1909 – 1989)

Peter Scott was the only son of the explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and the sculptor Kathleen Scott, his godfather was J.M.Barrie the creator of Peter Pan.

He graduated from Cambridge in 1931 with an History of Art degree. Like his mother, he displayed a strong artistic talent and he became known as a painter of wildlife, particularly birds; he had his first exhibition in London in 1933. He was a lover of the outdoors with interest in art, wildlife and many sports, including sailing, wildfowling and ice skating. He competed in sailing at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, winning a bronze medal.

Scott served in the Royal Navy Reserve in WW2, he served in destroyers in the North Atlantic but later moved to commanding the First (and only) Squadron of Steam Gun Boats against German E-boats in the English Channel. Scott is credited with designing the Western Approaches ship camouflage scheme, which disguised the look of ship superstructure. On 1 June 1943, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) “for skill and gallantry in action with enemy light forces”.

In 1946 he formed the Severn Wildfowl Trust, which was responsible, among others achievements, for the rescue from extinction of the Hawaiian Goose. He went on to become chairman of International WWF and subsequently of the Fauna Preservation Society. His paintings concentrate on ships, the sea and wildfowl and among the many books which he wrote and illustrated are ‘Morning Flight'(1935), ‘Wild Chorus’ (1938) and ‘The Eye of the Wind’ (1961).

Peter Scott was one of the most versatile Englishmen of his generation, being an accomplished artist, naturalist, international sportsman, conservationist and leader.