Artist captured life of the county

Mary Rudd An exhibition in Holt will feature watercolour work by a Norwich School artist that has never been seen before by the public.

Mary Rudd

An exhibition in Holt will feature watercolour work by a Norwich School artist that has never been seen before by the public.

The Picturecraft Gallery will be hosting this very special exhibition of work by Horace Tuck who lived in Norfolk from 1876 to 1951.

Tuck trained at Norwich School of Art where he became a friend of Alfred Munnings, with the pair travelling the byways of Norfolk together in their younger years - an influence which can be seen in Tuck's style and choice of subject.


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Most of his paintings are recognisable Norfolk scenes, from around Sheringham and Cromer to the Broads and others which feature scenes from Norwich. Some depict working scenes and the everyday life of people in the Norfolk countryside including boatbuilders, farm labourers and the fisherwomen who once followed the herring fleet along the east coast.

Tuck and his wife Elizabeth were married in l910 and lived in Branksome Road in Norwich until he retired in 1939 from Norwich School of Art where he had taught and had also been vice principal. The couple moved to Sheringham, where Tuck continued to paint until his death in 1951 aged 75.

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His wife died in 1965 and there are memorials to the couple at St Faiths Crematorium near Norwich.

Adrian Hill who runs Picturecraft Gallery said: “It is very unusual to have so many paintings from one artist and this is really down to the foresight of a private collector who acquired all of Tuck's work when he died from his widow. We exhibited the oil paintings in 2006 and now we will have the 90 watercolours on show together once more before the sale disperses them to other collectors. Tuck's work is popular with art collectors so we expect a great deal of interest when we open the doors on the first day of March.”

t The Picturecraft Gallery is in the centre of Holt and is open from Monday to Saturday with early closing on a Thursday. Further details on or 01263 711040. The exhibition will run from March 1 to 19.

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