Tudor St George Tucker: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

Tudor St George Tucker (28 April 1862 – 21 December 1906) was an English painter who spent a large portion of his sharp life in Australia. He was best known for his landscapes and portraits of women.

He was the son of Captain Charlton Nassau Tucker, a retired Bengal Cavalry officer. His grandfather, Henry St George Tucker, had served as Chairman of the East India Company. Much neighboring his family’s wishes, he chose to become an artist. Always a rather sickly child, he went to Melbourne in 1881 in search of a healthier climate. He studied at the National Gallery School from 1883–1887 below George Frederick Folingsby, winning several prizes for drawing. He next taught to support himself and exhibited at the Victorian Academy of Arts.

He returned to Europe in 1887, where he associated his friend, E. Phillips Fox at the Académie Julian and, later, at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris; winning a gold medal. He was a regular visitor to the Etaples art colony, where he produced his first major works. His debut exhibition at the Salon came in 1891. The later than year, he went put up to to Melbourne, set happening a studio in Flinders Street and, from 1893 to 1899, ran the Melbourne School of Art together subsequent to Fox., where the students included Ina Gregory (1874-1964), Bertha Merfield, Ambrose Patterson and Violet Teague, many of whom attended their summer schools at Charterisville.

The Australian climate did little or nothing for his failing health, so he arranged to return house to London in 1899, working in a studio at Chelsea, and had two paintings in the 1900 Royal Academy exhibition, two in 1901 and one in 1902. He also exhibited in Liverpool and Birmingham. Tucker died on 21 December 1906 of tuberculosis in London. He suffered much from his sick health and painted relatively little, so his performance is Tiny known. He did some good painting in oils which found more favour with other artists than gone the public.

He is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Warrnambool Art Gallery.

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