This watercolour probably dates from 1923 and depicts Charlie Mitchell (1885-1957). Mitchell was a local Falmouth fisherman who first posed for Tuke in the summer of 1901 for Ruby, Gold and Malachite (Guildhall Art Gallery, London). He became Tuke's favourite model and posed for him for more than thirty-years. He had a particularly elegant back and often appeared in Tuke's pictures facing out to sea.
his watercolour is in very good condition. The paper is flat in the frame with no signs of cockling and no visible tears or creases. There is some very faint foxing to the left of the figure but this is only visible upon close inspection and is not distracting.
The watercolour is contained in a simple white-painted wooden frame and under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."