Dredging on the River Ribble
Research by Robert M G Fielding
Acc No 62
Artist Hugh Berry Scott
Artist dates 1854-1940
Medium Oil on panel
Size 29 x 42 cm (11.5 x 16.5 in)
Date painted 1920
Inscr Signed (L.L.) Inscribed on reverse 'Dredging on
the Ribble' with Hugh Berry Scott's name and address
Donor Alderman J H Dawson
Date donated 21 December 1942
See also The Herdsman by Hugh Berry Scott
Hugh Berry Scott was born in Preston in 1854 where he became a protégé of the Preston art collector, Richard Newsham. Scott first moved to Warton around 1880 then in the 1890s, after the death of his wife, he moved with his family of a son and three daughters to a house in Park View Road, Lytham, where he continued to support his family by his art.
In the census of 1891 he is described as an artist of landscapes and portraits and also a sculptor.
His son was killed in the Boer War and by 1910 his daughters had left home. He then rented the Old Customs House (1850) on Lytham Green where he turned the top floor into his studio. It is thought that Dredging on the Ribble was painted there.
He continued to live at the Customs House until May 1939. He died in February 1940. The Customs House was demolished in November 1962 to make way for the building of the Land Registry.
A photograph of Hugh Berry Scott in his latter years is held in the archive of the Lytham Heritage Group.
Another painting by Scott, A Field of Yellow Plenty (1929), is held by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Collection, Preston.
Turner, Brian (2011),
BBC Your Paintings http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/dredging-on-the-ribble