THOMAS M. M. HEMY (1852-1937) - PAGE 36
i) DOOMED! (1900?) & ii) WANT A TOW? (1900?)
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And here is another Thomas Hemy work, provided by Randall Trass of Clatskanie, Oregon, U.S.A. It is entitled 'Doomed!' & comes, I understand, from the 'Boy's Own Annual' re 1899/1900, i.e. Volume 22. The image is of course vertical, so I show you first, in a composite image, the whole image & the bottom left corner of that image with all of the scurrying rats. A little bigger image, but still a tiny version of what Randy electronically provided, is below, but you will have to scroll to see it all.
No date of the work is visible. The words under the print state that the drawing is:
"Doomed! - See page 207. (Drawn for the "Boy's Own Paper" by THOMAS M. HEMY)" The words at page 207 follow.
ON page 21 we give a striking picture by Mr. Thomas M. Hemy, of rats leaving the the old ship - the "harbinger of doom," as sailors might phrase it. It has more than once been known that rats deserted a vessel before leaving port, and that the ship has never been heard of again. Hence the sailor's superstition that the rats know when a ship is doomed, and quit her before she departs on her fatal voyage. Here is Mr. Hemy's explanation of their thus leaving their old home: "I believe that on such occasions the ship is honeycombed by worms and the rats themselves, and, becoming leaky, in consequence, has become too uncomfortable, as well as dangerous, to remain in longer. So, after consultation amongst themselves, the rats decide that it is time to look for fresh quarters."
And next, another image from that same Annual edition of 'Boy's Own Paper'. Entitled 'Want a Tow?'. The words under the print state that the drawing is:
"Want a Tow? - (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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