A Highland Scene with a Castle on a Hilltop and Figures in the Foreground

by John Anthony Puller


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘J A Puller’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


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    What truly draws us into this painting is the astounding depth created by the artist. With each look, more of this Highland scene unfolds.

    Artists will often use tonal changes to indicate distance, and Puller has certainly mastered this skill. Viewers can follow the path from the warm rural scenes in the foreground, to the moody imposing castle in the middleground, and finally the sublime majesty of the mountains in the background.

    Private collection, United Kingdom

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    John Anthony Puller was born at Bethnal Green, London in 1799. His early paintings were landscapes but he shifted toward producing mainly genre scenes, in oval oils on board.

    His paintings were first recorded in 1821 when he exhibited two landscapes in oils at the Royal Academy and the following year he began exhibiting at the British Institution then the Royal Society of British Artists. Over 40 years he exhibited more than 170 paintings at these three institutions.

    Puller spent his working life in East London with his wife Mary. He exhibited his last painting in 1867 and died in 1886 at the home of his neice in Forest Hill, a few weeks before his 88th birthday.

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