Henry Tonks(1862-1937), Painter, doctor and teacher
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Artist of 29 portraits
Born in Birmingham, Tonks studied medicine at Brighton (1882-5) and London Hospital (1885-1888). After qualifying he became a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He attended drawing lessons at the London Technical Institute where he met artist Frederick Brown. When Brown became principal of Slade Art School, he convinced Tonks to give up medicine and become one of its teachers. At the Slade, Tonks taught Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, William Roberts and Christopher Nevinson. At the outbreak of the First World War, he returned to medicine and joined the Royal Army Military Corp. Whilst still in France, he was appointed principal of the Slade Art School in 1917.
by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1909