Items from the Late Sir Peter Markham Scott CH, CBE, DSC, FRS, FZS (1909-1989)

Peter Scott became one of the best known figures in the world of conservation but was a man of many interests including art, writing and sailing.  Chorley’s sale on Thursday, 16th December 2010 includes a large number of items from the estate of Lady Scott who died earlier this year.  The sale includes a huge number of items relating to Sir Peter’s varied interests and offers an unmissable opportunity for buyers to obtain a memento of this remarkable person.

Peter Scott’s father Robert Falcon Scott was one of the great heroes of Edwardian Britain following the Antarctic exploits that earned him the soubriquet ‘Scott of the Antarctic’.  The sale includes a silver pocket watch inscribed to Peter Scott from the boys of Forres School ‘a token of respect and admiration of his Heroic father, February 1913’ estimate £150-200.  His mother was the sculptress Kathleen Bruce who studied under Rodin and whose work includes the sculpture of Robert Falcon Scott that stands in Christchurch, New Zealand.  The sale includes a bronzed boat badge reputedly by Kathleen Scott for HMS Victorious and estimated at £180-220.

As a young man Peter Scott’s interest in wildfowling led him to spend many hours shooting in wetland locations.  This resulted in an empathy for, and a love of, wildfowl and their habitat.  He wrote and illustrated his first book, Morning Flight, about his time in the fens of East Anglia which was published by Country Life in 1935; the author’s copy is offered at £120-150. 

A keen sportsman he took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won the bronze medal in the O-Jolle Sailing class.  The medal is offered here at £300-400.  Later in life he took up gliding becoming British champion in 1963; a selection of his gliding medals are included in the sale.

After distinguished service in World War II Scott founded the Severn Wildfowl Trust, now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) of which Lady Scott became an Honorary Director after Sir Peter’s death.  Over the following years he spent his time leading expeditions and became a broadcaster on the BBC natural history programme ‘Look’ from 1955-1981 which made him a household name.  Peter ScottPeter ScottA quantity of studio designs by Scott for the programme are offered at £80-120.

Lot 94 – Sir Peter Scott
A Golden Swan Weathercock for Hammersmith House by Peter Scott, signed and dated 1962.  Pencil and watercolour, est £400-600

Not only was Peter Scott a founder of the World Wildlife Fund, he also designed the famous panda logo.  His work for the Fund was instrumental in securing a Knighthood in 1973 for his contribution to wildlife conservation.  A limited edition silver bowl created for the World Wildlife Fund in 1976 is offered with an estimate of £400-600, the sides are decorated with designs by Scott, David Shepherd and other wildlife artists. 

One of the more unusual things Scott became involved with was the Loch Ness Monster to whom he gave the ‘Ancient Greek’ name Nessiteras Rhombopteryx, later found to be an anagram of Monster Hoax by Sir Peter S.  Chorleys Peter Scott(2)Chorleys Peter Scott(2)The sale includes a Daily Mail cartoon by Jon (William John Philpin Jones) showing the Loch Ness Monster with the head of Peter Scott £40-60.

Lot 103 – Sir Peter Scott
Cartoon relating to the Loch Ness Monster, from The Daily Mail, 24 Nov 1975 by Jon

The myriad interests and friendships that Peter Scott enjoyed are reflected in this eclectic collection from the set of poker dice he played against Richard Strauss with in 1931, £50-70, to the huge archive of Christmas cards from European and British Royalty, £300-500.

Items from the composer, the Late Dr Herbert Howells CH CBE

Dr Howells (1892-1983), born in Lydney, Gloucestershire, was a leading English composer.   Amongst the many accolades he received during his lifetime included writing music for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, being awarded the CBE in 1953 and the Companion of Honour in 1972. During the 1930s he was awarded the Collard Life Fellowship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.   He numbered amongst his great friends Ralph Vaughan Williams and he, in turn, was godfather to cellist, Julian Lloyd-Webber.  His daughter was the actress Ursula Howells (1922-2005).
Chorleys Herbert Howells (2)Chorleys Herbert Howells (2)

Lots 573 and 572 – Dr Herbert Howells
Companion of Honour and CBE belonging to Dr Herbert Howells

Among the items for sale is the Companion of Honour which is expected to realise between £2,000 and £2,500. His CBE together with the Collard Life Fellowship medal should realise between £600-£700 and £700-£800 respectively. Other important medals from the Royal College of Music and the Worshipful Company of Musicians will be eagerly sought after with estimates between £60 and £800.

Lot 567 – Dr Herbert Howells
The Form and Order of the Service and Music sung in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen
Chorleys Herbert HowellsChorleys Herbert HowellsA fascinating piece of Commemorabilia is the Coronation Form for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Order of Service and music for the occasion is autographed by the leading composers of the day, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, George Dyson, William Walton, William McKie and Adrian Boult.  This comes with the original tickets together with an unused car park ticket, and with current interest in the Royal Family this lot comes with an affordable estimate of £300-400. 

A portrait of Herbert Howells painted in pastel by Juliet Pannett, who painted many of the famous 20th century composers, is also in the sale (estimate £300-400) A fascinating book of photographic portraits of British Composers by H Lambert, including a photograph of the Gloucestershire composer, should achieve £200-£300.

For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on 01452 344499 or [email protected] 

VIEWING DAYS are Tuesday, 14th 9am-7pm, Wednesday, 15th December 9am-5pm and Thursday 16th December, 8.30am-10.30am

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