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Henry Tonks (1862-1937), Painter; doctor and teacher

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Artist of 29 portraits
Tonks was born in Birmingham. He studied medicine at Brighton (1882-5) and London Hospital (1885-1888). After qualifying he became a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Tonks attended drawing lessons at the London Technical Institute where he met the artist Frederick Brown. When Brown became principal of Slade Art School, he convinced Tonks to give up medicine and become one of its teachers. While at the the Slade he taught Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, William Roberts and Christopher Nevinson. On the outbreak of the First World War, Tonks returned to medicine and joined the Royal Army Military Corps. Although still in France, he was appointed principal of the Slade Art School in 1917.

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