N01613 AUGUST BLUE 1893–4
Inscr. ‘H. S. Tuke 1894’ b.l.
Canvas, 48×72 (122×183).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1894.
Exh: R.A., 1894 (307); R.A., Late Members, winter 1933 (273).
Lit: C. Kains-Jackson in Magazine of Art, 1902, pp.342–3, repr. p.339; Sainsbury, 1933 pp.111–12.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1894, p.59; Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.280.
Begun in Falmouth Harbour during the summer of 1893. The title is a quotation from Algernon Swinburne's ‘The Sundew’, the last verse of which runs:
The hard sun, as thy petals knew,
Coloured the heavy moss-water;
Thou wert not worth green midsummer
Nor fit to live to August blue,
O Sundew, not remembering her.
The Sundew is a marsh plant, described by the poet as ‘yellow green, and pricked at lip with tender red’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II