Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929) Sea-pinks

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Lot 63
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS
(British, 1858-1929)
Sea-pinks

£ 7,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,200 - 13,000
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929)
Sea-pinks
signed 'H.S TUKE' (lower left)
oil on canvasboard
14.5 x 24cm (5 11/16 x 9 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, UK

    Exhibited
    Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery

    This exquisitely subtle, softly focused painting of a boy posing by the sea in Falmouth shows the genius of Henry Scott Tuke's ability to capture sunlight on skin. The model is George Fouracre (1883-1947), known as Georgy, the eldest of two sons to Tuke's housekeeper at Pennanace Cottage, Elizabeth Fouracre (1857 - 1916). Tuke lived at Pennnance from 1885 until 1929. He witnessed Georgy growing up and Tuke employed him, his brother and mother as models in his Royal Academy picture of 1890 The Message (Falmouth Art gallery). By 1897, when this work was painted, Georgy would have been 14 years old. This painting is described in Tuke's Register of paintings as "Sea-Pinks, Georgy Fourace stripped among sea pinks and grey stones."

    The support is a very textured board which Tuke described it as 'sketchboard' which was an early form of canvas covered board. Georgy Fouracre went on to appear in many other paintings by Tuke over a fourteen year period, notably Mid-day Rest (1897), Summer Evening (1901), Ruby, Gold and Malachite (1901, Guildhall Art Gallery, London), Noonday Heat (1902-3, RCPS Tuke Collection, Falmouth), and To the Morning Sun (1904, Hugh Lane Art Gallery, Dublin).

    Tuke returned to the subject of young men posing nude amongst the rocks and flora by the sea many times, such as in his painting Rustic Hermes (1908).

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