"The Triple Mirror" self-portrait of Ruth Tuck
Ruth Edith Tuck
22 July 1914
Cowell, South Australia
|Died||8 October 2008(aged 94)|
Mervyn Ashmore Smith (m. 1943)
Ruth Edith Tuck OAM (22 July 1914 – 10 October 2008) was a modernist painter of South Australia, noted for joint exhibitions with her husband Mervyn Ashmore Smith (11 December 1904 – 18 March 1994), and her influence as a teacher of painting. She was related to the better-known Marie Tuck.
Ruth Tuck was born at Cowell, South Australia, a daughter of Arthur Edward Tuck (1855 – 8 April 1925) and his wife Minnie née Wallis.
She met Mervyn Smith in 1943 and married him on 15 October the same year; they lived in Adelaide, then Mervyn moved to Newcastle, New South Wales in 1949, where he was employed as a County Council planning officer; she joined him few years later. In 1953 they returned to Adelaide, where they remained and held numerous joint exhibitions of their watercolors, both modernist in outlook with Mervyn's work being generally characterised as the more ambitious.
Ruth was a granddaughter of noted Baptist minister Rev. Henry Lewer Tuck (11 September 1820 – 26 August 1880), an early immigrant to South Australia, whose brother Edward Starkey Tuck (13 March 1827 – 9 August 1898) was the father of Marie Tuck (5 September 1866 – 3 September 1947). See her article for more details of the Tuck family in South Australia.
For further information on the family see Tuck family.
- "Art Show By Husband And Wife". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 24 July 1947. p. 10. Retrieved 10 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- Smith, Mervyn; Tuck, Ruth, 1914–2008; Brown, Ron (1980), Interview with Mervyn Ashmore Smith, retrieved 10 December 2015CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- "Art Show By Husband And Wife". The Newcastle Sun. NSW. 27 June 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 9 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Artistic Partnership Has Same Outlook". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 24 August 1954. p. 10. Retrieved 10 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Today's Social News for Women". The News. Adelaide. 22 April 1949. p. 13. Retrieved 10 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "South Australian water colour artist and teacher Ruth Tuck dies at 94". The Advertiser. Retrieved 10 December 2012.