The portrait of Sir George Bullough’s father, John, is displayed over the fireplace in the Dining Room of Kinloch Castle.
John Bullough died on 25 February 1891, at the age of 52 (his tomb in the family Mausoleum at Harris, Rum, records his birth as 1839). He worked hard all his life, the dynamic force behind the family’s wealth; at the time of his death his company employed almost 2,000. Little wonder he appears somewhat prematurely aged in this portrait, which was most probably painted to adorn a similar position at his Perthshire home, Meggernie Castle, which he purchased in 1884.
Born in Limerick, Eire, the artist St George Hare was the son of a dentist from Ipswich, Suffolk. He began showing both watercolours and oils in his early 20s, and in 1884 his work was first exhibited at the Royal Academy. This portrait, painted when he would have been in his mid-20s, is one of his earlier works.
Where to see this painting?
Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)
Not all paintings are on display. If you want to see a particular painting, please contact the collection