"Mr. Thomas Tudor" - great dane portrait by LindaAppleArt

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“Mr. Thomas Tudor”
Appletree Hollow
8″×10″-oil on canvas

Mr. Thomas “Tonka” Tudor – 1855 – 1925
Born in England 1855, he immigrated with his parents from England in 1865. His father was a German trader but it was his Irish mother that stirred his first interest in billiards with her connection to a wealthy English family. Thomas’s first job was a janitor in a small establishment that catered to drink and billiards. He was known to be very intelligent but also extremely clumsy and awkward. So, it came as quite a surprise that he developed such outstanding skills in billiards.
Although he was only a janitor, he was quick to make friends that listened to his innovative ideas. At some point, for unknown reasons, during the years of developing his playing skills, he gained the nickname of “Tonka”. Eventually, he assisted in developing new table and cushion designs, wrote endless articles and later a book that was influential in setting standards and rules for the game.
This is an image of him after winning $15,000 in a match in Detroit in 1876. Since the early 1800’s, Billiards was said to be played by royalty and other nobles and therefore dubbed -The “Noble Game of Billiards” but the information in this account is evidence that people from all walks of life also played the game.

This was a commissioned piece by one of my clever clients who loves the Appletree Hollow people and wanted her sister’s dog to be a Appletree village resident. All I knew about him was that he is awkward,clumsy,very intelligent and WELL LOVED!!

I have been a painter and sculptor for over 43 years professionally and after all this time, I still love it. It is challenging, makes me think about the world and keeps me connected to life.
My art is a mix of realism and impressionism with a bit of humor thrown in.
I am available for commission work- just ask!
Website: http://www.applearts.com
Blog: http://lindaapple.blogspot.com/

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  • TedBlackall
    TedBlackallabout 5 years ago

    Oh Linda this is terrific. Such perfect tones and abstract competition

  • TedBlackall
    TedBlackallabout 5 years ago

    and composition…………..lol

  • Hey Ted, Thanks for stopping by! Love your stuff too!!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • Frances Perea
    Frances Pereaabout 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • Hi Frances, Thanks a bunch!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Linda, congratulations on your home page feature! :D

  • Hey there gal, What a bummer…….I missed the RB home page feature! Duh! Was out most of the day……..Great that it was up though! Awesome!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • Lenora Brown
    Lenora Brownabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the home feature page!

  • big THANKS!!!! Awesome!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153about 5 years ago

    Congratulations on making the homepage!

  • Thanks for the COngrats!! I missed it……..boo hoo……….

    – LindaAppleArt

  • analisie
    analisieabout 5 years ago

    Definitely a favorite

  • big THANKS!!!! Awesome!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • banrai
    banraiabout 5 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! Was a fun painting to do!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured on the Red Bubble home page.
    January 14th 2010.

  • big THANKS!!!! That was Awesome………..although I missed it!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks for stopping by and commenting……glad you liked it!

    – LindaAppleArt

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