SAMUEL FULTON ~ “Foxhounds”

This important Scottish artist, Sam Fulton, was born in 1855 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a baker, and was educated at the Free Church Normal School and the High School and joined his father’s baking business first as an apprentice and then as a journeyman.

Fulton started painting at age 24, and in 1880, he met E.A. Walton (1860-1922), painter of landscapes and portraits, and the newly elected President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours.  He also met and was influenced by noted artists Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930), who became President of the Royal Scottish Academy, and Joseph Crawhall (1861-1913) who specialized in painting animals and birds.  Fulton spent some months during several summers at the Scottish village Brig O’Turk painting with these three distinguished artists.  Fulton then spent some time living and traveling in South Africa but did not paint there.  Upon this return to England in 1890 he resumed his art and in particular the painting of dogs and horses.  He paused again from his creative work by tending to his father’s business affairs between 1898 and 1904.

Fulton then briefly turned to portrait painting but very soon returned to his favorite subject, dogs.  He became well known at capturing the truthful character of the animal in his work, portraying them with great sensitivity, adept at interpreting and putting on canvas the countenance and mood of his canine subjects.  Foxhounds is a wonderful example of Fulton’s work, original and attentive to detail, capturing the integrity of the hunting dog to true perfection.

Fulton exhibited in Glasgow and Edinburgh 1890-1941.   He was a member of the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolors.  Museums where his works may be found include: The Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum, and the Paisley Museum.

This superb example of Fulton’s work is signed by the artist and is presented in excellent condition in its original period carved wood gilt exhibition frame.

Provenance: Foxhounds was Exhibited Royal Scottish Academy 1941, and later accessioned to the Royal Scottish Academy 1992-2011, and exhibited at the Century of Art Exhibition, Glasgow. Labels verso.



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1855 – 1941

Title:  “Foxhounds”

Date:  c. 1920

Size:  Height   39 1/2 inches    Width   44 ½ inches (framed)