John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)

Artist Name John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)
Title Countess of Cranbrook with Statue
Description An intriguing Art Deco oil painting by John Bulloch Souter which dates to the 1930's. The portrait depicts the Countess of Cranbrook as a beautiful young woman. She is stood next to a statue of an elegant lady positioned at the bottom of a flight of stairs. She is  mimicking the statue's posture, even down to holding a flower of the same colour to her chest as she gazes directly at the artist or viewer.
Provenance Scottish estate. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 25 x 30 inches
Frame Housed in a fine light frame with touches of green that compliment the picture, 40 inches by 35 inches and in good condition.
Condition Excellent condition.
Biography John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972) was born in Aberdeen, Scotland where he studied at Gray’s School of Art. A travelling scholarship allowed him to visit the continent, where he was much impressed by Velasquez, Chardin and Vermeer. After serving in the Royal Medical Corps during World War I, he soon married and moved to London. It was during this post-war period that he made his name as a portrait painter; his subjects included such personalities as Ivor Novello, Gladys Cooper and Fay Compton. He exhibited at Redfern Gallery, the Fine Art Society, Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy where his notorious painting The Breakdown was shown in 1926. During World War II he worked in the Censorship Department as a translator whilst also restoring paintings at Windsor Castle. He returned to Aberdeen in 1952, where he remained.
Price £12000
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