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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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Henry Tonks

by Henry Tonks
pencil, 1900-1925
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Henry Tonks

by Henry Tonks
pencil, 1900-1925
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Henry Tonks

by Henry Tonks
pencil, 1900-1925
NPG 3072(4)

6345

Group associated with the New English Art Club

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
pencil, black chalk (or charcoal), pen, ink and watercolour, circa 1904
NPG 6345

2556

The Selecting Jury of the New English Art Club, 1909

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
oil on canvas, 1909
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2556

3137a

Henry Tonks; Percy Grainger

by George Washington Lambert
pencil, 1910
NPG 3137a

5089

Henry Tonks

by Ernest Heber Thompson
ink and wash, 1923
NPG 5089

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Henry Tonks

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, August 1902
NPG x6599

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Henry Tonks

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, August 1902
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x6601

Henry Tonks

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, 15 June 1922
NPG x6601

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Henry Tonks

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 15 June 1922
NPG x26914

D33418

Henry Tonks

by Powys Evans
lithograph, 1926
NPG D33418

5089a

Henry Tonks

by Ernest Heber Thompson
ink and wash, 1923
NPG 5089a

D39645

Henry Tonks

by John Mansbridge
etching, circa 1920-1937
NPG D39645