The Look out signed and indistinctly dated 'H.S.Tuke/1886' (lower right) oil on panel 23.5 x 33cm. (9 1/4 x 13in.)
Exhibited: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, Falmouth, 1886.
The present lot, which shows the quay and Falmouth harbour in the background, is listed in Tuke's register, no. 67 as 'Jim Diamond in Downing's Loft, Falmouth'; it was sold to Mrs Whitehead of Bath for £15/-15.
The sitter Jim Diamond was from Torcross in Devon; Tuke stayed with the Diamond family in 1883, and used Jim as a model for his painting Un Jour de Paresse. Jim came on holiday and stayed with Tuke and Jack Rowling, his other main model, on the Julie of Nantes, the old French brigantine, which Tuke bought in 1886, and used as a floating studio in Falmouth harbour. John H. E. Downing and his father John Downing were merchants in Falmouth. They owned a ships chandlers amongst other businesses. They were old friends of the Tuke family.
We are extremely grateful to Catherine Wallace, author of the forthcoming book 'Catching the Light: The paintings of Henry Scott Tuke' (to be published in 2008), for her kind assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.