Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929) The Lighthouse

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Lot 93
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS
(British, 1858-1929)
The Lighthouse

Sold for £ 100,062 (US$ 129,727) inc. premium
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929)
The Lighthouse
signed and dated 'H. S. TUKE. 1919' (lower right); signed and inscribed 'H. S. Tuke R.A R.W.S/Swanpool/Falmouth' (on an old label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
51.5 x 35.5cm (20 1/4 x 14in).

Footnotes

  • Listed in the Tuke register, R951.

    Provenance
    Tuke Studio sale, 1929.
    Whitfoord Family Collection (acquired from the above sale).
    Thence by descent.
    Messum's Fine Art, Marlow.
    Private collection, UK (acquired from the above 8 March 2001).

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1921, no. 412.
    Glasgow, Glasgow Institute, 1921.
    London, Grosvenor Galleries, 1923.

    Literature
    Royal Academy Illustrated, 1921, p. 98.
    Catherine Wallace, Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858-1929, Edinburgh, 2008, p. 127 (illustrated in colour).

    The figure in the present lot, Charlie Mitchell, was Tuke's chief boat handler and one of the artist's most regular models. Catherine Wallace describes the work as 'one of [Tuke's] most sensual and almost celebratory oil paintings of Charlie Mitchell's back'. Wallace also notes that 'the title comes from St Anthony's Lighthouse, which can just be seen in the far distance.'1

    1 Catherine Wallace, Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858-1929, Edinburgh, 2008, p. 127.

Saleroom notices

  • The exhibition held in order to sell Tuke's work, the year of his death, was at The Cooling Galleries, 92 New Bond Street, London, Paintings and watercolours by the late H.S.Tuke RA, RWS., 31 October to 20 November 1929.
    The Lighthouse is listed as no. 10 in the catalogue and was for sale at 65 guineas.

    Literature
    Maria Tuke Sainsbury, H.S.Tuke - A Memoir, Martin Secker, 1933, p. 182, illustrated in colour (listed as being lent by Mrs. Whitefoord).

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