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Samuel BOUGH 1822 - 1878

ARSA 1856 RSA 1875 RSW 1878

Biography

Born in Carlisle, Sam Bough was apprenticed to Thomas Allon the London Engraver but rebelled against the strict discipline and returned to Carlisle on foot. He walked through the Lake District and later the Borders seeking out interesting views to sketch and enjoying the Bohemian life.

In 1845 he left Carlisle and settled in Manchester working in the Theatre Royal as a scene painter. He continued to paint, mostly in watercolour and in 1847 won the Heywood silver medal for the best watercolour in the Manchester Exhibition.

In 1848 he settled in Glasgow and married the opera signer Isabella Taylor. While in Glasgow he worked at the New Princes Theatre, but also continued to paint. He met a number of artists in Scotland and moved to Edinburgh in mid 1850s becoming active in the establishment of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Bough was one of the most important water-colourists of his generation and influenced the development of Scottish watercolour painting towards a freely more expressive style.