Henry Scott Tuke
All Hands to the Pumps 1888–9

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Henry Scott Tuke 1858–1929
All Hands to the Pumps
Date 1888–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1854 x 1397 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1889
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This picture shows a ship that has lost one of its sails, and is being swamped by a storm. The crew desperately pump water out of the hull. When he painted this picture Henry Scott Tuke was living aboard an old French brig anchored in Falmouth Harbour.Tuke had lived in Falmouth as a boy, and visited since, but he left London in 1885 to settle there permanently. He was encouraged to move to Cornwall by the Newlyn school of open-air painters. He focused mainly on painting the male nude in the open air, but also produced marine subjects like this.

July 2007

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