William Bell Scott (1811-1890)

The painter and poet William Bell Scott was brought up in an artistic family - he was initially tutored by his father, Robert Scott, an Edinburgh engraver, along with his brother David Scott RSA. He settled in London, and painted genre and history subjects exhibited at the Royal Academy and other major venues. His reputation was solid enough that he was appointed head of the Government Newcastle School of Art. He had close relations with the Pre-Raphaelites, and was an inspiration to the young Rossetti, who sent him some of his poems. In later life, although he did much mural work, Scott was best known as a poet.

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