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 Samuel Bough  (1822 - 1878)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/Scotland/England      Known for: romantic marine, landscape and mountain scene painting,

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A Scottish landscape painter, Samuel Bough was born in Carlisle, the son of a shoemaker. He was self taught and worked as a painter of theatre scenery in Manchester and Glasgow. He was encouraged by Daniel MacNee to take up painting.  Sam Bough is best remembered for his Scottish and north of England landscape scenes. His early style is minute and detailed; after 1860 his handling became broader and more confident.

In Glasgow between 1848–1855, Sam Bough often worked with the landscape artist, Alexander Fraser, in the Cadzow Forest.   His painting, In Cadzow Forest (1857), influenced by McCulloch, is a 'magnificent' portrait of two ancient trees.  He later fell out with McCulloch, (their dogs apparently taking sides in the dispute).

Bough later settled in Edinburgh and followed J.M.W. Turner in becoming a skillful painter of sea ports. Examples include St. Andrews (Noble Grossart), and The Dreadnought from Greenwich Stairs: Sun Sinking into Vapour (1861, Private Collection).  After moving to Edinburgh, Bough was elected ARSA, and in 1875 to the Royal Scotland Academy.  He exhibited 15 works at the Royal Academy between 1856-1876. 

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. R. L. Stevenson penned a glowing obituary of him.

Submitted by Jacob Frank

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