World record for iconic view of Edinburgh Castle at Bonhams Scottish sale

The Scottish Sale
Part I
20 Aug 2012

A recently rediscovered painting of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street by Samuel Bough set a world record price for the artist at auction when it was sold for £109,250 at Bonhams Scottish Sale Part I in Edinburgh on Monday. The previous highest price was £42,000 achieved in 2004.

The huge canvas – it is over 5ft high - was painted in the early 1860s by the Carlisle born Samuel Bough - known as Sam - who after a career as a theatre scene painter settled in Scotland in 1855. As an artist and man he had a reputation for being wild and erratic but his best works are regarded as masterpieces. Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street had been in the same family since its purchase and had almost certainly never been exhibited.

Bonhams Head of Pictures in Scotland, Chris Brickley, said, "This is a marvellous painting and I am not surprised it has fetched such a large sum. Bough's memory was legendary, particularly for cloud and atmospheric effects, and these are put to full use in Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street in the light summer sky, foliage, dappling sunlight and steam from the trains arriving at Waverley Station."


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