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Myles Tonks (1890 - 1960)   BIOGRAPHY

Seated woman sketching, Devon coast, late 1940s
Framed (ref: 560)
Oil on paper, 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.9 cm.)


In the 1940s Tonks moved to a house near Watchet in Somerset. inspired by the vibrant beauty of the nearby coast, particularly the light and shade, and the heightened colour and texture of the sun-drenched sea and land.Tonks produced a number of paintings that bring to mind the coastal views of Laura Knight and Lamorna Birch. The setting for this painting may well be Croyde in Devon, further west along the coast from Watchet. Rocks at Croyde was the title of Tonks’s 1941 Royal Academy exhibit (no. 682).

Myles Tonks (1890 - 1960)

Painter and draughtsman who was by profession a surgeon, born at Darley, Warwickshire. Studied at Medway School of Art and with Henry Tonks. Myles was the only relation with whom Henry cared to talk about painting and the former Slade Professor left Myles his art books. Exhibited RA, NEAC, RI, ROI, RHA, PS and elsewhere. Percy V Bradshaw in his book Water-colour: A Truly English Art illustrates Tonks' Col de Lauteret mountainscape in which the artist looked for "translucency, an unworried paper-surface", a good example of his work. Lived at Watchet, Somerset.

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