The Fortune Teller's Beads

Attributed to John Bulloch Souter

(Aberdeen, 1890 - 1972)

The Fortune Teller's Beads


circa 1925
53.4 x 91.5 cm (21 x 36 inches)

The painting depicts a tent at a fair with Corfe Castle, Dorset beyond. Inside the tent a young couple consult a fortune teller and her beads. The male figure on the left has an immediacy and directness which seems to suggest that it could be a self-portrait.