Trophy Atlantic Salmon John Tully (1862-1931) and Dhuie Tully (1862-1950) Fochabers, Scotland 48 1/2 in. long
According to Swanson, "This Tully model from Gordon's Castle's famous 'Smoking Room' is a copy of the Spey's 53 lb. record caught by W. G. Craven in October 1897."
John Tully learned his trade by apprenticing for the master fish carver John B. Russell (1819-1893), one of the founding fathers of trophy fish carving. In the 1870s, Russell had a studio in Fochabers, a village on the east bank of the river Spey. He carved and painted life-size models of trophy salmon until his death in 1893. Tully married Russell’s daughter, Isabella "Dhuie" (1862-1950), and it was Dhuie that painted nearly all of her husband John’s carvings. John, the carver, and Dhuie, the painter, were one of the finest artisan duos to have ever worked in the carved and painted wood tradition.
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Ronald S. Swanson, "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies,"Far Hills, NJ, 2009, p. 190, fig. 328, exact fish illustrated. Ronald S. Swanson, "Grand Cascapedia Giants," Far Hills, NJ, 2005, p. 92, exact fish illustrated. Dixon MacD. Merkt, "Shang," Spanish Fork, UT, 1984.
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