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Samuel Bough

Sam Bough (1822–1878) Bough was a Scottish landscape painter. His inspiration came largely from the scenery of Scotland and the North of England. His early work is characterized by an incredibly detailed rendering; after 1860, he adopted a much broader manner. He often worked in watercolour, but was principally an oil painter. He was born in Carlisle, the son of a shoemaker, he began his artistic life as a theatre scene painter in Glasgow and Manchester. James Macnee encouraged the young man to take up easel painting. Around 1850, Samuel Bough moved to 2 Muir Street, Hamilton, in order to be near to Cadzow Forest. He lived there from 1852-4 and workedwith Alexander Fraser. The venerable Cadzow oak trees are sometimes claimed to be part of the Caledonian Forest which once covered the entire country. Some people believe they may have been planted by King David who died in 1153 AD. Ring measurement techniques suggest they date from 1444. In 1851 he painted the forest in oil winning the West of Scotland Fine Art Association’s gold medal for the best Scottish landscape. In Cadzow Forest painted in 1857, influenced by McCulloch, is a 'magnificent' portrait of two ancient trees. Caw praised Samuel Bough's "feeling for air and atmosphere and movement, and for broad and scenic effects."
He later fell out with McCulloch, (their dogs apparently taking sides in the dispute). He was admired by Robert Louis Stevenson and painted a view of his house at Swanston, and the construction of Dubh Artach lighthouse. The engineering work for the latter was undertaken by the brothers Thomas and David Stevenson, Robert Louis' father and uncle respectively. He later settled in Edinburgh and followed Turner in becoming a skilful painter of sea ports. Examples include St. Andrews, and The Dreadnought from Greenwich Stairs: Sun Sinking into Vapour 1861, Private Collection.
R. L. Stevenson penned a glowing obituary of him.



Samuel Bough: Untitled Landscape - 1860
Untitled Landscape - 1860
16 x 24 in.   Oil on canvas

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