The collection comprises of correspondence by Kathleen primarily regarding her husband Robert Falcon Scott and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (led by Scott).
Kathleen Scott collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Kathleen Scott
- Dates of Creation1910-1946
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (125 leaves, 1 microfilm)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Kathleen Scott (nee Bruce) was born at Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop, on 27 March 1878, eleventh child of the Reverend Lloyd Bruce. She studied art at the Slade School of Art in London and also at the Academie Colarossi in Paris, (where she learnt to sculpt with Rodin) and in Florence.
She was an established sculptress when she met Robert Falcon Scott in 1907, marrying him in September 1908 and giving birth to their son, Peter, in September 1909. In 1910, she accompanied her husband to New Zealand from where he set off on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913.
In February 1913, whilst travelling back to New Zealand in order to greet the polar party, she learned that Scott had died in late March 1912 on his return journey from the South Pole.
In recognition of her husband's achievements, she was accorded the rank, style and precedence of the wife of a Knight Commander of the Order of Bath.
In 1922, she married Edward Hilton Young, MP for Norwich, by whom she had a son, Wayland, in 1923. In 1935, Young was raised to the Peerage as Baron Kennet. Baroness Kathleen Kennet, who continued to work professionally under the name of Scott, died in July 1947.
A bronze statue of Robert Falcon Scott by Kathleen stands in Waterloo Place, London, and a marble statue of the same design is situated in Christchurch, New Zealand. A bronze statue of Edward Wilson by Kathleen Scott, unveiled by Sir Clements Markham in 1914, is to be found in Cheltenham. Among her many other sculptures is a statue entitled 'They had most to give', which stands in the garden of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. This Institute also has a bust of Robert Falcon.
Published work, Self-portrait of an artist by (Lady) Kathleen Scott, John Murray, London (1949) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Scott, K.]
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events , (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and A great task of happiness, the life of Kathleen Scott by Louisa Young, Macmillan, London (1995) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Scott, K.] and Scott of the Antarctic by Elspeth Huxley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1977) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Scott, R.F.]
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue , Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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