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Wed 27 Feb 2013, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Canterbury Museum

Mark Stocker explores the art (mostly) and the life of the extraordinary Kathleen Scott (1878-1947) in this, the centenary of Captain Scott’s tragic expedition and its news hitting a stunned and saddened world. As will emerge, Kathleen was far, far more than ‘Mrs Scott’.
• The League of Nations was founded in her drawing room
• She befriended the young and unknown Francis Bacon – but did not admire his work.
• Lawrence of Arabia confided his thoughts and feelings to her, though he disliked most women
• She evoked desire in the most famous artist in the world, Auguste Rodin, but resolutely preserved her ‘masterful virginity’
• Prime Minister Asquith missed war cabinet meetings so he could chat with her
• She was Britain’s most famous woman sculptor before Barbara Hepworth
• Though a woman artist of major significance, she despised feminism
• She visited New Zealand twice and left us her now sadly damaged legacy, the Carrara marble carving of Robert Falcon Scott.
• She was the most famous widow in the English speaking world after the death of Queen Victoria

Mark Stocker is an Associate Professor in the Department of History & Art History at the University of Otago. He has published on Kathleen Scott for Apollo Magazine and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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