Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929) The silk gown, Portrait of Maria Tuke Sainsbury

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Lot 170
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS
(British, 1858-1929)
The silk gown, Portrait of Maria Tuke Sainsbury

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,562) inc. premium
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929)
The silk gown, Portrait of Maria Tuke Sainsbury
signed with intials and dated 'H.S.T. 1885' (centre left) and inscribed 'M.T' (centre left)
watercolour
35.5 x 25.5cm (14 x 10 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • EXHIBITED:
    Truro, Royal Cornwall Museum, 10 May–2 July 2008 in Catching the Light: A Retrospective of Henry Scott

    Maria Tuke Sainsbury (1861–1947) was Henry Scott Tuke's only, younger sister. She was born in Falmouth, Cornwall where the family had moved from York in 1859, and was educated at Quaker School in Reigate. She was also a talented artist like her older brother but sadly was prevented from continuing her art education at the Slade School in London, by their parents. She went on to marry Dr. Harrington Sainsbury in 1889 and had four children.

    The dress Maria is wearing in this picture belonged to Mary Mara Scott (1748–1815) who married Henry Tuke (1755–1814) her great grandfather in 1781. As Mary had married into a Quaker family where all such finely made luxury clothes were not acceptable, she had given away most of her fine dresses except this one which has been preserved down the generations and is now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Maria is leaning against a decorated fire screen and there is a tapestry hanging on the wall to her left. This picture was probably painted at Lyndon Lodge, Hanwell in London where Maria and Henry's parents moved in 1883 after the death of their eldest child William.

    We are grateful to Catherine Wallace for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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