Elected ARSA: 13 November 1856

Elected RSA: 10 February 1875 

Mr. Bough was born in Carlisle in 1822, and early in life was employed in the legal profession, but he very soon left the desk and devoted himself to Art, sketching and painting most assiduously, with very little assistance or instruction from any one.


He afterwards had considerable experience in Scene-painting, and attained great dexterity in handling the brush. In 1856, soon after he had made Edinburgh his permanent residence, he was elected an Associate of the Academy, and in 1875 he was raised to the rank of Academician.


He was a strong supporter of the Annual Exhibitions, and since his connection with the Academy the number of works exhibited by him was limited only by the number that could be received from one artist. Mr. Bough was a great painter both in Oil and Water-colour. 

Transcribed from the RSA 1878 Annual Report

Further Images

Samuel Bough RSA (1822-78) View of Edinburgh from Bonnington

Oil on canvas, 1875, 45.8 x 61.1cm

RSA Diploma Collection (Deposited, 1875) 2000.028