THOMAS M. M. HEMY (1852-1937) - PAGE 14
THE LAST OF THE HULKS (2) (1895?) &
THE FIRST LINE ASHORE (1895?)
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And here are some more Thomas Hemy works, provided by Randall Trass of Clatskanie, Oregon, U.S.A. The top two are entitled 'The Last of the Hulks', numbered 1 and 2, & come, I understand, from the 'Boy's Own Annual' re 1895/96, i.e. Volume 18 (cover image at left). One image is horizontal & I'll show that to you first.
No dates of the work are visible. The words under the print state that the drawings are:
"The Last of the Hulks - 2. Stern View" (Drawn for the "Boy's Own Paper" by THOMAS M. HEMY)" & the other is similarly numbered '1. Bow View'.
These were not intended to be significant works of art, I am sure. They were illustrations to an article in that edition called, naturally, 'Last of the Hulks' & probably were quickly created for that purpose. We must remember that 'Boy's Own Paper' was the boy's comic of its time, not printed on the best quality paper & not in any way an Art Journal. But I am so glad to have them here. Should anyone want a little bigger version of the lower image, I can provide one, thanks to Randall Trass, & link it into the page.
A copy of the print was sold via e-Bay in Apr. 2006. For U.S. $7.50. And in the listing information is a reference to the BOP article related to the print. The article apparently discusses the difference between a convict ship & a prison ship or hulk, & states that convict ships were used for exporting criminals to the Colonies until Tasmania & Western Australia refused to take any more. The ships were then docked in ports around England & left derelict to hold prisoners.
And next, another image from that same Annual edition of 'Boy's Own Paper'. Entitled 'The First Line Ashore'. The words under the print state that the drawing is:
"The First Line Ashore - (Drawn for the "Boy's Own Paper" by THOMAS M. HEMY)"
More about the above works if I find out any more!
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