Queer Places:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, Regno Unito
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT, Regno Unito
Rose Cottage, Saint Buryan, Penzance, Regno Unito
Pennance Mill, Maenporth Rd, Falmouth TR11, Regno Unito
Falmouth Cemetery, 39 Ferndale Rd, Falmouth TR11 4HU, Regno Unito

Image result for Henry Scott TukeHenry Scott Tuke RA RWS (12 June 1858 – 13 March 1929), was an English visual artist; primarily a painter, but also a photographer. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men.

He was born into a Quaker family in Lawrence Street in York. He was the second son of Daniel Hack Tuke (1827–1895) and Maria Strickney (1826–1917). In 1859 the family moved to Falmouth, where Daniel Tuke, a physician, established a practice. Tuke's sister and biographer, Maria Tuke Sainsbury (1861–1947), was born there. Tuke was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age and some of his earliest drawings—from when he was four or five years old—were published in 1895. In 1870, Tuke joined his brother William at Irwin Sharps's Quaker school in Weston-super-Mare, and remained there until he was sixteen.

In 1875, Tuke enrolled in the Slade School of Art under Alphonse Legros and Sir Edward Poynter. Initially his father paid for his tuition but in 1877 Tuke won a scholarship, which allowed him to continue his training at the Slade and in Italy in 1880. From 1881 to 1883 he was in Paris where he met Jules Bastien-Lepage, who encouraged him to paint en plein air. While studying in France, Tuke decided to move to Newlyn Cornwall where many of his Slade and Parisian friends had already formed the Newlyn School of painters. He received several lucrative commissions there, after exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

In 1885, Tuke returned to Falmouth where many of his major works were produced. Tuke became an established artist and was elected to full membership of the Royal Academy in 1914. Tuke suffered a heart attack in 1928 and died in March, 1929. Towards the end of his life Tuke knew that his work was no longer fashionable. In his will he left generous amounts of money to some of the men who, as boys, had been his models. Today he is remembered mainly for his oil paintings of young men, but in addition to his achievements as a figurative painter, he was an established maritime artist and produced as many portraits of sailing ships as he did human figures. Tuke was a prolific artist—over 1,300 works are listed and more are still being discovered.

In later life he was in poor health for many years, and died in Falmouth in 1929 and was buried in a Falmouth cemetery close to his home.[23] Tuke kept a detailed diary all his life but only two volumes survived after his death and have since been published. He also kept a detailed artist's Register which survives and has been published by the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society in Falmouth.


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  1. Wallace; Catching the Light pp. 13–17
  2. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 15
  3. Wallace; Catching the Light pp. 19–29
  4. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 29
  5. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 68
  6. Wallace; Catching the Light pp. 37–47
  7. Wallace; "Paintings from Cornwall", p.31
  8. Wallace, Catherine (2008). Henry Scott Tuke: paintings from Cornwall. The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society. p. 165. ISBN 9781841147055.
  9. Falmouth Tukes (2005) Falmouth Art Gallery Collection volume 6
  10. Falmouth Tukes (2005) see Sources
  11. For correct spelling see: Wallace, "Paintings from Cornwall". pp. 34, 36, 51
  12. Wallace, "Catching the Light", pp. 42, 45, 47, 53
  13. Wainwright and Dinn, ""Under Canvas", pp.36,40,41,42,44,45,47,49
  14. Wallace; Catching the Light pp. 42, 69, 55, 85
  15. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 69 "In August Blue for instance, I had two sets of boys, and [when] one set got perished with the cold they got relieved and the others went on duty." Tuke in an interview for The Windsor Magazine
  16. Maria Tuke Sainsbury, "Henry Scott Tuke: A Memoir", London, 1933, p. 160
  17. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 11
  18. Wallace; Catching the Light pp. 68, 108 photographs
  19. Wallace; Catching the Light pp.53–54
  20. Wallace; Catching the Light
  21. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 129
  22. Wallace; Catching the Light p. 153
  23. Melissa Denny; Wainwright, David; Catherine Dinn (1989). Henry Scott Tuke, 1858-1929, under canvas. Sarema Press. p. 148. ISBN 1-870758-02-1.
  24. Christie’s. "Henry Scott Tuke - Christie's". christies.com.
  25. "Midsummer morning". artnet.com.
  26. "Falmouth National Maritime Museum 1". Antiques Roadshow. Series 35. Episode 7. 2012-11-18. BBC. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  27. "Catching the Light". Seasonal Exhibitions 2008. Falmouth Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  28. 142 Painting(s) by or after Henry Scott Tuke, Art UK. Retrieved 22 May 2016.