Kirkwall Harbour, 1866

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Samuel Bough
Born Carlisle, 1822 - 1878

Kirkwall Harbour, 1866
Watercolour

Presented by the Orchar Trustees, 1987
Original Orchar Collection
Museum number 272-1987-7

Sam Bough was a major figure in Scottish art in the nineteenth century until his death in 1878. There are thirteen watercolours by Bough in the Orchar Collection, which was built up by J.G.Orchar, a Dundee engineer in the nineteenth century.
This scene shows the busy Kirkwall Harbour, in Orkney, with the Cathedral a sketchy but dominant presence in the background. Bough was able to get close to the subject matter he painted. He often chose to portray working people in the confines of a safe harbour.
Bough travelled to Dundee and Aberdeen early in his career, to find work as a theatre scene painter. It was probably during such a trip that he met and made friends with Orchar who lived in Broughty Ferry by Dundee.

Kirkwall Harbour, 1866
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