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Artwork from Sir Elton and David Furnish‘s personal collection will be shown in Falmouth as part of an exhibit celebrating the works of marine painters Charles Napier Hemy and Henry Scott Tuke.

The two Falmouth-based Royal Academicians painted many of their pictures at sea aboard their own floating art studios, so the Falmouth Art Gallery exhibition is titled Artist’s Afloat Tuke and Hemy at Sea.

Friends Hemy (1841-1917) and Tuke (1858-1929) are regarded as being among the greatest marine painters of their time and the display, which starts on Friday and runs until June 17, marks the 100th anniversary of Hemy’s death.

John and Furnish are lending two paintings by Henry Scott Tuke, Hoisting the Mainsail and The Midday Rest. The exhibition is to be accompanied by a series of free talks and workshops.
This isn’t the first time Elton’s Tuke paintings have been borrowed. In 2008, he loaned 11 pieces for a show called Catching the Light, marking the 150th anniversary of Tuke’s birth. These included works in oil, pastel and watercolour. It was held in the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro and the Falmouth Art Gallery, and consisted of over 130 works of art.