Born in 1855 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a baker, Sam Fulton was educated at the Free Church Normal School and the High School, and joined his father's baking business first as an apprentice and then as a journeyman. Though said to have been fond of drawing, he did not actually start painting until age 24. In 1880, he met E.A. Walton, the newly elected President of the R.S.W. He also met Sir James Guthrie, who became President of the Royal Scottish Academy, and Joseph Crawhall. Fulton spent some months during several summers at the Brig O'Turk with these three distinguished artists.
Fulton then spent some time living and traveling in South Africa but did not paint there. Upon his return to Engla
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