William Stott of Oldham; introduced by Roger Brown

6th April 2019, 1pm

Free, no need to book, meet in the exhibition

Join us for a fascinating look at William Stott’s life, led by Roger Brown, art historian and author of key William Stott text
“William Stott of Oldham: A Comet Rushing to the Sun”.

The painter William Stott was born in Oldham in 1857. At the time of William’s birth his father Abraham Stott was a dyer and cotton waste dealer. By 1871 he was a cotton spinner, proprietor of Abraham Stott & Sons. William had three elder brothers who had followed their father into the family business, relieving some pressure from William and leaving him free to follow his artistic ambitions.

William trained at Oldham Art School, under well-known artist John Houghton Hague. When the art school closed in 1878, he transferred to Manchester Art School, alongside other local artists G. H. Wimpenny and F.W. Jackson.

In 1878 William moved to Paris to continue his studies. He learned quickly and soon became well-known in the French capital. From 1878 he had paintings accepted for exhibition at the Paris Salon, which was arguably the most prestigious art venue in the world at the time. In 1881 he showed Le Passeur and was awarded one of the Salon’s highly sought after medals.

In 2017 Le Passeur (The Ferryman) by William Stott of Oldham (1857 -1900) was secured for the British public through major gifts from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Family Foundation) and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.

The acquisition of Le Passeur (The Ferryman) has inspired a national partnership programme. The work will tour to four UK-partner galleries from 2018 – 2020: Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, Southampton City Art Gallery, Gallery Oldham and Aberdeen Art Gallery.  Le Passeur will feature in a bespoke context-rich display at each partner venue, complemented by learning resources and a programme of training for staff and volunteers.