Samuel Bough (United Kingdom/Scotland/England, 1822-1878) oil on canvas painting depicting a farmyard with chickens, a turkey, and a horse-drawn wagon or plough. Signed "Sam Bough" lower left. Stenciled en verso of canvas: "Prepared by/Winsor & Newton/38, Rathbone Palace,/London". Clements, Chattanooga, TN auction label en verso of frame. Housed in a Neo-Classical style giltwood frame with pierced decorations. Sight: 15 1/4" H x 21 1/2" W. Framed: 19 1/2" H x 26" W. Biography: "Bough was born the third of five children in Abbey Street, Carlisle in northern England, the son of James Bough (1794-1845), a shoemaker, and Lucy Walker, a cook. He was self-taught but interacted with local artists such as Richard Harrington and George Sheffield, and was strongly influenced by the work of Turner. After an unsuccessful attempt to live as an artist in Carlisle he obtained a job and as a theatre scenery painter in Manchester in 1845, later also working in Glasgow in the same role. Encouraged by Daniel Macnee to take up landscape painting he moved to Hamilton from 1851-4 and worked there with Alexander Fraser. In 1854 he moved to Port Glasgow to work on his technique of painting ships and harbours. He also began supplementing his income by illustrating books, before moving to Edinburgh in 1855. Following Turner's example, he began to paint seaports. His health began to fail in 1877 and in January 1878 he suffered a stroke. He died of prostate cancer at his later home, Jordan Bank Villa in Morningside. He was friends with writer Robert Louis Stevenson who penned his obituary. He was buried in Dean Cemetery Edinburgh on 23 November 1878." (Adapted from "Samuel Bough", the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004).
The Estate of Margaret Harold Roberts, Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
Overall very good condition. Areas of rubbing, minor areas of paint loss, largest 1/4", primarily to edges of canvas. Frame with minor areas of loss, largest 1/2", to gilt.