Septimus Scott (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
15" x 17" (385mm x 435mm)Date:
1975This is the unique original Gouache painting by Septimus Scott.
English rebel, son of a king or a minor Italian nobleman? The Man in the Iron Mask was a prisoner who was held in a number of jails, including the Bastille and the Fortress of Pignerol (today Pinerolo), during the reign of Louis XIV of France.
The identity of this man has been thoroughly discussed and been the subject of many books - including the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas - mainly because no one ever saw his face, which was hidden by a mask of black velvet cloth.
Scott exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and the quality really shows here.
This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 701 (21 June 1975).