Sam Bough

(1822 Carlisle - 1878 Edinburgh)

He was raised with keen interest and appreciation of the arts. Self-taught and strongly influenced by the work of Turner, as a young man Bough worked as a theatre scenery painter in Manchester and in Glasgow. Much appreciated as a skilful painter of seaports and landscapes, his watercolours and oil paintings were sought after during his lifetime and his work had many admirers, including Robert Louis Stevenson and his family. As a commercially successful artist he lived and worked in Jordan Bank Villa in Morningside. Bough is buried in Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh and R. L. Stevenson wrote his obituary. Scottish National Gallery holds several of his works; oil paintings are on view in the Scottish section and watercolours are held in the Print Room.

Rainy Weather Berwickshire, watercolour 19 x 30cm

Walk in the Forest, 1874, watercolour 34 x 49cm

Fishing Boats on the Coast, oil on board 25 x 35cm

The Skiff, watercolour         54 x 75cm