The Critics Poster
A reproduction of a oil on canvas sketch by Henry Scott Tuke, “The Critics” of 1927, the year of his death. Tuke's twin abiding loves were the sea and boys. This caused quite a stir in Victorian and Edwardian England, but he was nonetheless a member of the Royal Academy. Henry Scott Tuke was born in 1858 York from whence he moved when he was sixteen and entered the Slade School of Art. He travelled to Italy six years later nand between 1881 and 1883 he lived in Paris where he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens and met John Singer Sargent. During this time he met Oscar Wilde and John Addington Symonds. He began his painting in Cornwall in 1883 and his fame gradually grew. In 1914 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts having established himself as an independant artist who could afford to work in France, Italy and the West Indies. Tuke died in Falmouth, Cornwall at the age of seventy. This work is in a private collection.