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In a magnificent ornate gilt frame this oil portrait depicts a nude young lady seated on a lion skin sipping a cup of tea. Located in the hallway between the bedrooms of Sir George and Lady Bullough, the identity of the subject has generated considerable debate. The work is by French artist Louis Galliac, born in Dijon in 1849. Galliac painted a number of similarly posed portraits, a genre for which he is particularly famous. Close examination of the background, the red carpet and the lion skin, strongly indicates the Great Hall at Kinloch Castle as the location, in which case it was painted after 1901, in which year Lady Bullough was 32 years of age. The perspective of the subject’s facial features shows remarkable similarity to known photographs of Lady Bullough.
A Lady Drinking Tea
oil on canvas
H 122 x W 105 cm
purchased as part of Bullough Estate, 1957
L. G alliac