Oil on Canvas Salmon on the Beat By J B Russell

Stock Number: 1963

Large, Naive Oil on Canvas of a Trio of Salmon on the Beat. By J.B Russel. Charming example of British naive art. The oversized vibrant salmon very much the dominant feature. Signed J B Russell. Wonderful untouched condition, having been framed under glass for a majority of its life. ,not original but period frame. Measurement inc frame.. Scotland, Early 20th Century. James Russell 1867-1956, painted under the name ‘J B Russell’. He was born in Edinburgh and following the death of his mother from smallpox, his father, John Bucknell Russell, took the family to an island in the Forth to escape the plague. It was around this time that his father was commissioned by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon to go to Fochabers, Morayshire, in the North of Scotland, to carve in wood and paint every salmon over the weight of forty pounds caught in the River Spey. James followed in his father’s footsteps as an artist and became practiced in the elaborate task of painting scales onto carved fish. His main interests throughout his life were fishing and poaching and he always remained ‘a bit of a lad’. He would poach almost every night for rabbits and fished all around his local areas, never gaining permission or a licence to do so. After his father’s death he moved with his family to Glasgow at the turn of the 20th century, and later to Roxburghshire in 1918. He continued to paint fish not on wood but in both oils and watercolours. He painted until the end of his life and his grandson recalls how the house “was full of the smells of oil paints and gigantic pictures of fish on flat canvasses were all around.” With thanks to a piece written by his grandson Dr James Russell, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dimensions: 89cm x 64cm x 5cm.

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