William Stott (artist)

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Autumn by William Stott of Oldham, 1898 (detail)

William Stott (1857–1900), was a painter born in Oldham, Lancashire, England.


He was born on the 20 November 1857, the son of an Oldham cotton mill owner.[1]

After studying in Oldham and Manchester School of Art[2] he went to Paris and studied under the French painter, Jean-Léon Gérôme[3] and achieved rapid success, exhibiting regularly at the Paris Salon. He was an influential member of the artists' colony at Grez-sur-Loing which was full of English, Irish, Scottish and American artists. It was here that he painted Le Passeur, now obtained by the Tate.[a] In 1889 he held a one-man show at the Durand-Ruel Gallery, famous for its showing of the French Impressionists. On his return to England he became a follower and close friend of the painter Whistler, until his painting of Whistler's mistress depicted naked as 'Venus Born of the Sea Foam' caused a rift between them.[5]

For much of his career, Stott painted landscapes, but during the late 1880s began to move towards pictures involving classical figures and allegorical themes, such as ‘The Nymph’ of 1886, and ‘The Birth of Venus’ of 1887. He worked in oils, watercolours and pastels, a medium appropriate to his atmospheric post Impressionistic style.[citation needed]

From the year 1882, Stott always signed himself ‘of Oldham’ - both to distinguish himself from the then equally famous Edward Stott ARA (1859–1918) and to acknowledge his proud Oldham roots.

Walter Richard Sickert described him as "one of the two greatest living painters of the world".[This quote needs a citation]

He died unexpectedly whilst travelling on a ferry from London to Belfast on 25 February 1900.[1]


Images of works in public collections available on Art UK


  1. ^ Le Passeur: It shows two girls waiting, gazing over the Loire at dusk, but at a deeper level it is also about the passage of life with the older girl contemplating her future.[4]


  1. ^ a b "William Stott of Oldham | Tate". tate.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b "William Stott of Oldham RBA (1857-1900)". myweb.tiscali.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  3. ^ William Stott of Oldham RBA (1857-1900), The website of Bob Speel.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Mark (5 May 2017). "Tate acquires British impressionist painting Le Passeur for £1.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/William-Stott-Oldham-1857-1900-Rushing/dp/1903470218

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