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Albert Tucker


29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999


Albert Tucker, one of Australia’s most important post-war artists, helped reinvigorate and re-mythologise the Australian landscape through his modernist approach. Along with Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Arthur Boyd, he was part of the group of artists active at Heide, near Melbourne, in the 1940s and enjoyed the patronage of John and Sunday Reed. Tucker left Australia in 1947 and spent the next thirteen years travelling and painitng in Japan, England, Europe and the United States.

‘Thames’ is part of a series of paintings and drawings stemming from Tucker’s time in London and the Turner-like abstract influence on his depictions of the river Thames at the time.


Other Titles

Thames at Greenwich

Thames I



Media category


Materials used

polyvinyl acetate, cardboard, hessian and sand on hardboard


66.4 x 128.8 cm sight; 77.5 x 140.0 x 3.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown synthetic polymer paint "Tucker 1957".


Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Albert Tucker

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Bonython Art Gallery [Sydney], Albert Tucker, Sydney, 1969. 63; titled 'Thames I'

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Foundation Newsletter #8, Sydney, Jun 2006. not paginated.

Gavin Fry, Albert Tucker, Sydney, 2006, 126 (colour illus.). titled 'Thames at Greenwich'

James Mollison and Jan Minchin, Albert Tucker: a retrospective, Melbourne, 1990, 54 (illus.). titled 'Thames'

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Albert Tucker: A chance for Sydney to get to know a Melbourne artist better', pg. 12, Sydney, Mar 2007, 12.

John Reed, Albert Tucker, Melbourne, 1960. possibly 29; titled 'Thames at Greenwich'; priced 450 gns

Albert Tucker, Richard Haese and Tolarno Galleries, Albert Tucker: paintings 1945-1960, Melbourne, 1982, (colour illus.). not paginated; 54

Christopher Uhl, Albert Tucker, 'The Refugee', pg. 47-77, Melbourne, 1969, 68, 69 (colour illus.), 100. 10.22; plate no. 24; titled 'Thames I'

Peter Ward., The Weekend Australian, 'The power and pain of a prodigal son', Sydney, 27 Feb 1982-28 Feb 1982.