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Early Inspiration

Early Inspiration

In 1924, aged eleven, William Scott became a pupil at the Enniskillen Model School. Here his early artistic promise was recognised. It was suggested that he receive lessons with the artist and teacher Kathleen Bridle (1987-1989). William Scott was given special permission to join her evening classes at the Enniskillen Technical College as he was under the required age of fourteen. Kathleen Bridle nurtured her young student’s dedication and enthusiasm, allowing him access to her collection of art books and catalogues at her home in 8 Townhall Street, Enniskillen.

Kathleen Bridle remembered William Scott at the time as being a very serious and highly motivated student. He was quick to learn and absorb everything that she taught him.

1926 2William Scott (back row, middle) with some
of his brothers. Left to right: Charlie, Bertie,
Walter, Alec and Hughie, 1926
Courtesy of William Scott Foundation

Aged 13 2William Scott, aged thirteen, 1926
Courtesy of William Scott Foundation