Catalogue entry

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’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II