"Salmon carvings by John Russell and John and Dhuie Tully from Fochabers, Scotlan"_Old Masters

John Bucknell Russell
John Bucknell Russell was a self-taught artist known for his oil paintings of highland rivers and trophy fish. He served his apprenticeship as a house painter, establishing his studio in Fochabers around 1872. Russell was probably the first professional fish model artist, carving and painting models of salmon caught on the Spey by the nobility and gentry visiting the Duke of Richmond & Gordon at Gordon Castle for the fishing, grouse shooting and stalking. He was clearly fascinated by the River Spey and produced many paintings of river scenes. Russell's paintings are today greatly esteemed by art lovers everywhere.
Russell's apprentice, John Tully, married Russell's daughter, and the husband and wife team continued to carve fish at the Fochabers studio through the 1930's. Tully's wife Dhuie painted nearly all his fish carvings. Very few artisans have created fish carvings equal to Russell's work. Perhaps the only exception being John Tully and his wife. Tully's intricately carved fins, coupled with Dhuie's realistic painting, made their trophy carvings the most sought after in Scotland. Around 1900, the Tullys were making fish models for various London tackle shops like Holbrow and Co., Rowland Ward and C. Farlow & Co..
The Tullys fish models became so great that they received orders from around the world. The name of the studio and the names of it's two devoted artistic workers, as a result of their wonderful carvings, became known throughout the whole world of angling.
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John Bucknell Russell fue un artista autodidacta conocido por sus pinturas al óleo de los ríos de las tierras altas y los trofeos de pesca. Comenzó su aprendizaje como pintor de casas , estableciendo su estudio en Fochabers alrededor de 1872. Russell fue probablemente el primer artista profesional en tallar, pintar los trofeos de Salmones pescados en el río Spey por la nobleza y la alta burguesía que iban a visitar al duque de Richmond & Gordon en Castillo de Gordon, que acudían a pescar y cazar. Fue claramente fascinado por el río Spey y produjo muchas pinturas de escenas del río. Las Pinturas de Russell están hoy en día muy cotizadas.
El aprendiz de Russell, John Tully, se casó con la hija de Russell, formaron un equipo de marido y mujer que continuaron trabajando en el taller de peces de Fochabers, Escocia, durante los años 1930`s. La esposa de Tully Dhuie pintó casi todas sus tallas de peces. Muy pocos artesanos han creado esculturas de peces iguales a la obra de Russell. Quizás la única excepción fueron John Tully y su esposa.  Las tallas de madera de Tully , junto con la pintura realista de Dhuie , hicieron de sus trofeos, los más buscados en Escocia. Alrededor de 1900, los Tully suministraban modelos de peces para varias tiendas en Londres, como Holbrow and Co., Rowland Ward y C. Farlow & Co. .
Los modelos de peces de los Tully, llegaron a ser tan famosos que recibieron encargos de todo el mundo. Debido a las impresionantes tallas pintadas, tanto el nombre del estudio y como los nombres de los dos entusiastas artistas que en él trabajaban, se hicieron conocidos en todo el mundo de pesca con caña.

Russel Family

Large exemplar fished.


Painting of John Russell.
"Salmon and Trout" - John Bucknell Russell.

John Russell fish carving.
 
Dhuie Russell and John Tully


Dhuie Russell Tully in the studio painting. v
Dhuie Russell Tully in the process of painting some trophy salmon carvings. Notice the brushes and paint pallet in her hands.

Dhuie John Tully with Nile Perch carving - 1924. 

Tully Carving ? Salmon carving believed to be by. John and Dhuie Tully - circa 1926
Fochaber fish carving. Salmon carving- Fochabers- 1930.

New trophy carvings.


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