Tuke, Henry Scott, RA RWS (1858-1929): A Morning Gossip, signed and dated 1885, oil on panel, 27 x 34 cms. Purchased with grants from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.
About the frame
A nineteenth-century British Arts and Crafts style 'plank' frame with architrave profile; spindle and triple bead; wide frieze; deep canted and fluted bevel to sight edge; finished with oil-gilding on the wood.
This was the first oil painting Tuke completed at his cottage in Pennance after returning from the Continent and from studying at Newlyn with Stanhope Forbes. It shows Mrs Fouracre holding her baby Richard while in conversation with Mrs Andrews.