Scott was most enraptured by the scenery of the White Mountains and the Catskills, using nature as his mentor and guide over the sixty years that he painted. In a 1905 article, an unknown reporter commented on Scott’s affinity to the natural landscape: “All his art life he has striven to rob nature of her secrets in the mountains, in the meadows, in the woods, beside wild streams, quiet lakes and ponds. He has studied her in the early morning in the Catskills and in the White Mountains: he has studied her in the hazy noon and in the evening twilight.And he has never forgotten the topography of his landscape.”[i] His hundreds of graphite sketches and finished oils attest to his infatuation with both the scenery of his native Massachusetts and the untamed wilderness of the White Mountains.
[i] Uncited 1905 article, “Scott in his Studio.”
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Private collection, Brookline, Massachusetts
To Vose Galleries of Boston, inventory no. 24274, September 1974
To private collection, Tucson, Arizona, August 1975 to 2009
(top stretcher in pencil) No. 27, Wild Cat Brook N. Conway NH
Frost & Adams, Nos. 33 and 35 Cornhill, Boston