TUCK, Horace Walter

1876 - 1951

Born at Heigham, Norwich on 11 October 1876, third child of Austin Tuck, a printer's machine minder, and his wife Eliza née Smith, who married at Norwich in 1865. In 1881 an 8 year old living at High Street, Heigham, Norwich with his parents, 38 year old Austin and 37 year old Eliza, with five siblings. He trained at Norwich School of Art, where he became friendly with Alfred Munnings [q.v.], and at Borough Road Training College, Isleworth, West London. Mainly a painter of oil and watercolour landscapes of his native Norfolk, but also travelled to Dinan in Brittany, the Lake District and other parts of Britain on painting expeditions. Vice-principal of Norwich School of Art and a member of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1904-1952, Tuck's work was regularly exhibited in Norwich and in London galleries, including in Bond Street. Horace Tuck also illustrated books on local subjects, including 'Inns and Taverns of Old Norwich' and apart from his earliest works, his paintings tend not to be dated. He married at Norwich in 1910, Elizabeth Mary Bailey (21 July 1874-1965), known as Bessie, who was one of his former pupils and an artist in her own right, they had no children. They originally lived at 71 College Road before moving to Branksome Road, Norwich until Tuck retired in 1939 when they moved to Far End, Knowle Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, where Tuck, a retired art master, continued to paint until his death at North Walsham, Norfolk in 1951, aged 75. His painting 'Landscape near Sheringham 1936' was exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1980. A discovery of around 200 of his paintings and major exhibitions in Holt, Norfolk in 2006 and 2008, created renewed interest in the artist. Some of his works are in the collection of the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.





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