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Sir Elton lends museum paintings

Basking, 1885 © Collection of Sir Elton John
Tuke was one of the most important artists of the Newlyn School

Sir Elton John is loaning his private collection of the work of a celebrated Cornish artist to a local museum.

The singer has collected Henry Scott Tuke's work since the 1980s. The artist is buried in Falmouth.

Bonhams is sponsoring the Catching the Light exhibition, taking place the Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM) in Truro and the Falmouth Art Gallery.

More than 130 works by Tuke will go on show to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, including 11 from Sir Elton.

Henry Scott Tuke
Born in York on June 12 1858
Lived in Falmouth from 1885
Died in 1929 at Pennance Cottage in Swanpool
Buried in Falmouth

"We are enormously grateful to Sir Elton John for lending us eleven of Henry Scott Tuke's paintings from his private collection," said RCM director Hilary Bracegirdle.

"Tuke was a major British artist and Catching the Light, which is being curated by local author and art expert Catherine Wallace, is the biggest and most important exhibition of his work ever to have been staged.

Sir Elton's collection includes works in oil, pastel and water-colour.

Other works by Tuke have been lent by the Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery and the event is said to be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work to date.

Hoisting the Mainsail 1890 ©Collection of Sir Elton John
Eleven of Sir Elton John's paintings will be on display

Tuke was one of the most important artists of the Newlyn School in Cornwall and his paintings celebrate male youth and beauty and reflect his lifelong love of the sea.

Although his work was neglected for some years after his death, his importance to Cornwall, and to British Art in general, has now been widely acknowledged.

Tuke bought a cottage overlooking Falmouth Bay in 1886, from which he could paint the varied shipping in the harbour, and later purchased an old fishing boat, the Julie of Nantes, which he converted into a floating studio.

The Tuke exhibitions take place at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro from May 10 to July 12 and at Falmouth Art Gallery from May 3 to July 12.

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