'Frying Pan and Eggs' ['Frying Pan and Basket'] by William Scott, oil on canvas, c.1947.

Object type
Bequeathed by Harriet Cohen FRAM, 1968.
Harriet Cohen Collection
'Frying Pan and Eggs' by William Scott. Against a sea-green/blue background, a dark frying pan and a strainer containing a single egg rest on a dark brown table, on top of a white cloth on which there is a plate containing three further eggs. Oil on canvas, c.1947-48. The painting had earlier been exhibited as 'Frying Pan and Basket'.
Scott, William, artist
Date made
Scott's series such as 'The Frying Pan' - still-lifes of pots and saucepans, eggs, fish and bottles on a bare kitchen table - were chosen to reflect contrasting shapes arranged against simple backgrounds - form and colour - often to elegant effect. This painting was done not long after his return from France.

Exhibition history:

Exhibited at the Hanover Galleries and Leicester Galleries. Jubilee Exhibition (loan), 1954.

Leicester Galleries, London, First Exhibition of Paintings by Elinor Bellingham-Smtih The Recent Paintings of William Scott, October, 1948, cat. no. 18 [as 'Frying Pan and Basket' ]

The Leicester Galleries, London, "From Gainsborough to Hitchens" A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Howard Bliss Collection, January 1950, Hogarth Room Paintings, cat. no. 142 [as 'Frying-pan and basket']

Cartwright Memorial Hall, [Bradford?] "Fifty Years of British Art". 1904-1954 Golden Jubilee Exhibition, 19 March - 8 June 1954, cat. no. 519 [as 'Frying Pan and Basket']

The Leicester Galleries, London, Artists as Collectors, July - August 1963, cat. no. 32 [as 'Frying pan and basket, c. 1949-50' (oil) (from the collection of Howard Bliss) Under the section of works owned by John Christopherson]

As the exhibition history shows, it appears that the painting was originally known as 'Frying pan and basket' [or slight variations on this theme]. When it was sold at Sotheby's in 1965, it was called 'Frying Pan with Eggs' and this is how it is listed in the Hanover Gallery records and so, presumably, as it was sold to Harriet Cohen.

The William Scott Archive reports that 'Although from at least 1963 onwards the date was given as c. 1949-50, as the painting was first exhibited in October 1948, it must have been painted by this date. At present, we would suggest that it was painted in either 1947 or 1948 but there is still nothing definite on which to date the painting'.
painting, still life
canvas, oil
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
image 625 585 mm
image and frame 960 830 mm
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