The personal papers of Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931) and Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)


collection owners: Thomas Cooper Gotch, Henry Scott Tuke, ‘The personal papers of Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931) and Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)’ [1848]–1998

This collection contains the personal papers of Thomas Cooper Gotch and Henry Scott Tuke which were donated to Tate together by Brian D. Price. Items from both sides of the collection have been digitised and are available to view online.

From Tuke's works, items available online includes: a diary documenting Tuke's daily life from 1899-1905; two paintings registers compiled by Tuke which provide a record of his paintings, and their exhibitions and sales from 1879-1934, featuring printed images of many of his works; selected sketch books, sketches and scrap books featuring art works made and signed by Henry Scott Tuke; and a series of photographs of Henry Scott Tuke and his family and friends, his house and studio in Cornwall, and models and boats which were subjects for his artworks. Together these items give an overview of Tuke's life and work.

Also available online are a range of Thomas Cooper Gotch's personal records including photographs, sketches, autobiographical notes and a diary written by his wife, Caroline Gotch, documenting a trip they took to Australia in 1884. When too old to fight in World War One, Gotch involved himself in the Newlyn Artists' Belgian Relief Fund, records from the Fund are included in this collection.

Details of the remainder of this collection can be found on the archive catalogue.

Collection Owners
Thomas Cooper Gotch 1854–1931
Henry Scott Tuke 1858–1929
Tate Archive
An initial donation of the papers of Tuke and Gotch was made to the Tate Archive by Mr Brian D. Price in 1990. Additional donations of related material were made in 1991, 1994 and 2002.
TGA 9019

201 objects in this collection

The personal papers of the painter Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)
This sub-fonds contains two diaries kept by Henry Scott Tuke, his paintings registers and papers relating to the sale of his art works, sketch books and artworks, photographs, correspondence by and to Henry Scott Tuke, artists' materials; interviews with people who knew Tuke recorded in the 1960s, and miscellaneous personal papers, exhibition catalogues and press cuttings. The sub-fonds also contains transcripts of and indexes for Tuke's diaries and the paintings registers produced by the donor B.D. Price.
TGA 9019/1

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Henry Scott Tuke Diary of Henry Scott Tuke

12 March 1899–31 December 1905

Henry Scott Tuke, Barbara Marshall Scrap book containing watercolours by Henry Scott Tuke


Henry Scott Tuke Ink drawing of a man seated at a desk

date not known

Unknown person(s) Rough sketch of a figure in a forest

date not known

Unknown person(s) Sketch of two female figures working

date not known

Unknown person(s) Sketch of a figure holding an object

date not known

Robert H. Preston, Photographer to the Prince and Princess of Wales, Penzance Mounted studio portrait photograph of Henry Scott Tuke aged about 14 years