OIL PAINTING: Study for A Summer Morning, 1886
By 1886 Henry Scott Tuke had found a new local model, Jack Rowling, a 16- year-old boy he described as a "quay scamp". It seems from the haircut and facial contours that he might be the model for Study for "A Summer Morning". It is an early example of Tuke's desire to render the play of sunlight and shadow on the body, and the colour and sparkling reflections of the sea. Modelling for Tuke could be hard, as he recalled later in an interview: "When I first began painting nudes out of doors the model sat out till mid- November, and I used to watch him going pink and blue in patches" (Windsor Magazine, 1895).