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Wynnstay Park

William Scott
c1944 -45
Pen, ink and watercolour on paper. DOUBLE SIDED WORK
Dimensions (cm)
21 x 38 cm approx.
Dimensions (in)
8.25" x 15" inches approx.
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Provenance: Sylvia Cooper of the Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham; thence by descent to the present vendors. Painted c1944-1945. Full title is "WOODS IN WYNNSTAY PARK, RUABON" CHRONOLOGY: APRIL-1944 Although Scott was officially posted to the map-making section of the Royal Engineers stationed at Wynnstay Hall, Ruabon, in North Wales, on 4 September, a letter to Ruskin Spear dated 23 April shows that he had arrived there some months before: ‘I am still in the army stationed in North Wales, a depressing spot near Chester.’ Conditions at Wynnstay Hall, a large Victorian mansion, were fairly primitive. The owner, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1891–1949), refused to have water pipes laid to the camp, so the soldiers had to be taken in lorries to the mine at Tonypandy to wash, using the same showers as the miners. There was no electric lighting in the main building (Wynnstay Hall) and only low voltage wiring (thought to have been put in by the army during its occupation in the 1940s) in the other parts. On the assumption that artists made good cartographers, a number of painters and graphic designers, among them Carel Weight (1908–97), Arpad Elfer (1910–99) and Henry Cliffe (1919–83), were stationed at Ruabon over the course of the war. They were allowed time to do their own work and a sketching club was formed. Scott worked in watercolour, painting landscapes as well as a few narrative scenes.