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Charles Hepburn Scott was born in Loudon, Ayr, on the 29th of November 1886, the son of Robert Hepburn and Jean (née Carmichael) Scott. He attended classes in drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art from 1903 to 1910 while working as a letter artist and art teacher. In 1912 he emigrated to Canada, where he was appointed as Art Supervisor for Calgary Schools before settling in Vancouver where he worked as Art Supervisor for Vancouver Schools. In 1915 he enlisted to fight for the Canadian Forces and served oversees. He returned to Vancouver after the war and became a founding member of the British Columbian Arts League in 1919, lobbying for the establishment of an art school and gallery in Vancouver. In 1935 the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) was opened with Scott as its principal until 1952. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Scott continued to produce his own work throughout this period. He died in Vancouver in 1964 at the age of 78. Charles H Scott is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's World War One Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Canadian Heritage Information Network: http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca; Vancouver Art Gallery publication: http://projects.vanartgallery.bc.ca/publications/75years/pdf/Scott_Charles_53.pdf.