One of the Last ‘Beautiful Boys" Painted by Henry Scott Tuke to Sell at Bonhams

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LONDON.- Two beautiful pictures by the British maritime and figurative painter, Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929) are to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of the 19th Century Paintings auction on 13th July 2011. Both depict a young man seen from behind, with the sea in the background beyond. Beach Study has a pre-sale estimate of £30,000-50,000 while Back of a boy bather is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000. Beach Study is one of the last paintings Tuke exhibited at The Royal Academy before he died in March 1929, and it shows a semi-clad male figure by the sea leaning on rocks and bathed in Cornish sunlight. The subject is one of Tuke’s most loyal and longstanding models, Charlie Mitchell (1885 – 1957). This remarkably bold and expressionistic work shows the toned and lean back of the model, honed by years of rowing boats around Falmouth