In an ornate gilt frame, unattributed, and bearing no date, this three-quarter length portrait of Sir George Bullough (1870–1939) as a young boy is displayed in the Dining Room at Kinloch Castle. Comparison with an 1886 class photograph at Harrow School, when he was 16, indicates, allowing for the Victorian school style and artistic license, his age in this portrait to be nearer 11 or 12 years of age.
The library at Kinloch Castle contains a number of George’s school text books, the pages of which bear testimony to his ‘doodlings’ while supposedly studying Greek and Latin. He was, like many schoolboys, keen on practising his signature, and in the margin of one book there is a neat little drawing of a horse. Both dogs and particularly horses were to be prominent all through George Bullough’s adult life.
Where to see this painting?
Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)
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