SOUTER, John [Jack] Bulloch

1890 - 1972

Jack Souter

Born in Aberdeen on 4 June 1890, youngest child of Alexander Souter, a clothier, and his wife Elsie. In 1891, a newly born living at Fonthill Terrace, Old Machar, Aberdeen with his parents, 44 year old Alexander and 40 year old Elsie, with six siblings, Alexander 17, George 15, William 11, Annie 8, Elsie 6 and Radford 3. He attended the Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and at Hospitalfield in Arbroath. A travelling scholarship allowed him to work extensively on the continent, where artist such as Velazquez, Chardin and Vermeer, especially, much impressed him. He served in the Gordon Highlanders during the Great War and later in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He married at Hammersmith, London in 1926 a Scottish girl, Christian Mary Bella Gordon Reid (born 4 October 1892). A portrait and landscape painter in oils and although not strictly a Suffolk painter, Souter spent some time in Suffolk, using as his studio a barn at Higham, Suffolk owned by Douglas Doyle Jones [q.v.] and a dated portrait by Souter of the owner’s mother shows the artist was in the county in 1936 and it is thought he sketched his studio the year before. In 1939 a portrait painter living at Valley Farm Cottage, Higham, Suffolk with his wife Christian. He exhibited at Redfern Gallery; the Fine Art Society; Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy where his notorious painting 'The Breakdown' was shown in 1926. During World War II he worked in the Censorship Department as a translator whilst also restoring paintings at Windsor Castle. He returned to Aberdeen in 1952, where he remained until his death in 1972.

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