Sam Bough (1822-1878)

Artist Name Sam Bough (1822-1878)
Title Cattle watering in a Landscape
Description This lovely British Victorian landscape oil painting is attributed to noted artist Sam Bough. It was painted circa 1855 after Bough had moved to Hamilton Lanarkshire in Scotland to focus on painting landscapes along side fellow artist Alexander Frazer. The composition is several cattle watering in a stream under the boughs of an ancient tree. There is superb impasto, for example on the clouds and this is a charming 19th century oil painting. 
Provenance London estate. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 29 x 16 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate gilt Victorian frame, 36 inches by 23 inches framed and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Sam Bough (1822–1878) was an English-born landscape painter who spent much of his career working in Scotland. Born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England he was self-taught and worked as a theatre scenery painter in Manchester and Glasgow. Encouraged by Daniel Macnee to take up landscape painting he moved to Hamilton from 1852-4 and worked there with Alexander Fraser. In Cadzow Forest (1857, Bourne Fine Art), influenced by McCulloch, is a 'magnificent' portrait of two ancient trees. He later settled in Edinburgh and followed 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). 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. R. L. Stevenson penned a glowing obituary of him.
Price £3400
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