John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)
|Artist Name||John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)|
|Title||The Pink Bonnet|
A fine very soft focus and sensual pastel oil portrait painting by John Bulloch Souter. This super evocative 1930's painting depicts his wife in pink bonnet. This is a fine example of an early 20th century Scottish portait painting. It is just lovely, a good size and signed and dated 1931. This wouldn't be out of place in Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow. Signed lower left.
|Size||18 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Fine period frame, 32 inches by 24 inches and in good 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.|