Scene at Doncaster, Nutter Buzacott
  • Artist
    Nutter Buzacott
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Scene at Doncaster
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    512 x 613 mm
  • Credit Details
    George Crouch Prize, 1940

Nutter Buzacott

Scene at Doncaster

Known as Buzz to his friends, the painter, printmaker and illustrator was welcomed at the George Bell School when he returned from furthering his studies in London where he had been greatly influenced by the wood carvings of Ian McNab.

One of the few social realists to attend Bell's School, Buzacott captured the positive aspects of working life rather than the depressing side of humanity. Scene at Doncaster depicts ordinary people going about their daily business chopping wood or working around the cottage and chatting over the fence, in a semi rural area in 1939.

Adding to the rhythm and liveliness of this work are the warm ochre colours juxtaposed with cool colours that have been thickly applied and then scraped back in places to create a textural surface.

When Buzacott was awarded the Crouch Prize in 1940, the judge George Bell said of this work that…  "it was sonorous in [its] rhythm and colour," and that he believed that "it was most likely not painted from life, very few good pictures were."