Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS 1858-1929

Henry Scott Tuke was a British Impressionist painter predominantly known for pictures of bathers and boating scenes. Following his training at the Slade School (1875-1850) and a period in France and Italy (1881-1883), he is particularly noted for his attachment to the Newlyn School. Similarly to the later St Ives School, the small fishing village of Newlyn in Cornwall attracted a colony of artists from the 1880s until the early 20th Century.

Tuke, however, was brought up in Falmouth and therefore well acquainted with the Cornish landscape and light long before Newlyn. It was perhaps these formative years of coastal exposure that provided the inspiration for his many marine works. By adopting the Newlyn School ethos of en plein air painting, Tuke made many watercolours of sailing vessels throughout his career.