New edition of Sir Peter Scott's 'Observations of Wildlife' celebrates the power of art for conservation
Peter Scott, founder of the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT), is one of the most influential figures in conservation history, but much of his enthusiasm for wildlife was most visible through his paintings of nature.
Observations of Wildlife showcases a colourful collection of some of his finest pieces of artistry, drawing from forty years of his life. Scott’s work both as a conservationist and artist has achieved international acclaim and inspired generations, and his two passions are elaborated in detail in this book.
First published in 1980, Observations of Wildlife features high quality re-productions of his artwork, including paintings, drawings and fascinating pages from his notebooks and diaries.
The text describes Scott’s career, working methods as an artist, global travels and his commitment and concerns about nature – issues that are still just as significant in today’s environment.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh writes in the foreword: “Few people have done as much for conservation of wildlife as Peter Scott, but his pictures have done something more. They communicate his enthusiasm, they open the eyes to the whole purpose of wildlife conservation by creating images of nature beyond normal experience or imagination.”
WWT Director of Trading Bruce Strachan said: “Peter Scott was the original painter-naturalist. He entwined art and wildlife and made something greater than the sum of its parts. We are delighted to bring the incisive and personal Observations of Wildlife to a new audience..”
Sir David Attenborough said, in 2006: “Peter's lasting legacy is the world conservation movement. Peter was its public face. If conservation were to pick a patron saint, I'd say it would be Peter.”
A selection of Sir Peter Scott’s artwork was displayed, along with his two daughters’ work, during August at the WWT Slimbridge Gallery in Gloucestershire. This was the first time the three members of the world-famous Scott family were available for sale and exhibiting together.
Observations of Wildlife are now on sale at all nine WWT centres’ gift shops, and are also available to purchase online at wwt.org.uk/shop-home priced at £15.99. Profits from sales go towards WWT’s ongoing conservation projects.