Collection of watercolors, wash drawings, pencil sketches by Andrew Scott consisting of views, botanical sketches and other materials. The collection includes some watercolors by his daughters, and others as well as two photographs. The watercolors are typically mounted on backing sheets and are generally identified either on the backing sheet or on the image itself.
Scott’s views are well observed, mindful delineations of each locale he visited
or plant he painted. His watercolors are quite detailed visual records of the
places he visited while traveling as a sea captain or merchant. Scott, although
an amateur artist, was quite skilled as a watercolorist and draughtsman. Scott’s
paintings are unusual for the time period: many of his compositions show the
influence of photography, for example his view of Niagra from the summer house
seems “photographic” in its composition (see below for image). Scott’s use of
color is also unusual for his time some of his watercolors are almost
impressionistic. The views of the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba and Key West are
especially fine. (See below for a complete inventory of the collection).
Capt. Andrew Scott, Jr. was a, ship-master,
and merchant – and also a talented amateur artist. He was born in Portland,
Maine, on the 20th of August, 1798, the son of ship master Andrew Scott
(1764-1825), of Paisley, Scotland, and his wife Mary Barbour (1769-1831), the
daughter of Hugh Barbour of Portland, Maine.
Scott's parents were married at Portland on 16 September 1794 by the
Rev. Samuel Deane. Besides Andrew, the couple had two daughters, Mary and
Elizabeth. The elder Capt. Scott purchased in 1807 for Portland the telescope
that sat in… more >