John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)
|Artist Name||John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972)|
|Title||Still Life of Tea Pots|
|Description||This simply gorgeous British RA exhibited still life oil painting is by noted Scottish artist John Bulloch Souter. It was painted in 1957 and exhibited that year at the Royal Academy London. It was entitled A Tattle of Teapots, perhaps referring to the stories they could tell, if only they could speak. The composition is a collection of four beautiful teapots, two white china, two pewter. They are arranged on a white table cloth in the corner of a room, with a background of decorative wall paper. The degree of realism Souter has achieved is remarkable, as he details the different materials and textures of the china and pewter as the light hits them. The limited palette and light frame are just perfect. This is an excellent example of Souter's work and is absolutely charming.
Signed J B Souter lower right.
|Provenance||Exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1957 no. 306 entitled A Tattle of Teapots.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 20 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an exhibition frame, 31 inches by 27 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.|