Henry Scott Tuke, R.A., R.W.S. (1858-1929)
Henry Scott Tuke, R.A., R.W.S. (1858-1929)

The orange jersey

Henry Scott Tuke, R.A., R.W.S. (1858-1929)
The orange jersey
signed and dated 'H.S.TUKE 1913' (lower right)
oil on canvas
17¼ x 24¾ in. (43.7 x 62.9 cm.)
C.S. Goldman, M.P., by whom purchased directly from the artist.
with Pyms Gallery, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 1 July 1993, lot 35, where purchased by the present owner.
E. Cooper, The Life and Work of Henry Scott Tuke 1858-1929, London, 1987, p. 51, illustrated in colour.

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Lot Essay

Full of light and movement with the shimmering heat of the summer's day reflected in the azure blues in the sea, this is a fine example of Tuke's impressionist painting and displays his ability to make Falmouth, Cornwall, look like the Mediterranean.

The orange jersey was painted during the First World War in 1915, when artists were severely restricted around Britain's coast as to their outdoor work, which made this a difficult picture for Tuke to complete. The models are believed to be Charlie Mitchell who was Tuke's main model until he went off to fight, and Harry Giles. Tuke had also had great success in 1915 as his Bathing Group (R790), which he had submitted the year before as his diploma piece for his election as a full Royal Academician, was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

We are grateful to Catherine Wallace for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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