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Post Number:#261  PostPosted: 04 May 2011 22:00 
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Windjammer

This is another Shoesmith painting which captures the essence of a storm at sea. She is in the Roaring Forties,that stretch of the Southern ocean that tests the skills of any mariner. Here we see the Invermark running before the wind,her sails reefed,and the bone between her teeth; the crew will not sleep in their bunks until she is well clear of this threatening sea ,this was a time when the ships were made of wood and the men were made of steel,
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Post Number:#262  PostPosted: 06 May 2011 23:22 
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The Ixion

This is the Ixion tied up at her moorings in Shanghai harbour sometime in the 1920's. The artist,Kenneth D. Shoesmith, has managed to capture the hustle and the bustle of life around a Blue Funnel vessel when in her main Far Eastern port. Every derrick is working as she discharges the cargoes she has brought from the Northern ports. The water is filled with sampans on which the cargoes are ferried to the shoreside godowns.Some of the sampans contain families who take care of the fight against rust ,we can see two men on a painting stage just beneath the foc'sle head; other families will work at chipping away the rust which we can see all along the length of her. The noise will be intense a
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s the steam winches lift and lower the bales of cargo and the coolies chip away at the rust stained steel plates.The cries of the bumboat men and hoot and toot of the tugs and barges all add to the mad cacophony of this riverside scene. With the growth of containerisation,such scenes are no longer visible,and the world is a little sadder for it's demise
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Post Number:#263  PostPosted: 09 May 2011 22:29 
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Off Valparaiso

This is a famous painting by the Victorian marine artist,Thomas Somerscales,a well travelled mariner who knew the vessels he painted. This one is from the book by Glyn L. Evans,and he included it his biog of Shoesmith because this was picture that greatly influenced him in his youth. Somerscales completed this work in 1898 and it was included in the Royal Academy's exhibition in 1899. It now hangs in the Tate Gallery and has been reproduced many times. One can almost her the snapping of the canvas and the creak of her timbers,as she heads north with her holds full of guano,
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Post Number:#264  PostPosted: 10 May 2011 05:36 
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Post Number:#265  PostPosted: 10 May 2011 08:42 
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The colours are fantastic.



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Post Number:#266  PostPosted: 10 May 2011 09:02 
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Thanks Brian, great pic. A bit more info on Somerscales and this painting below.

Somerscales was as a naval teacher at sea, but he gave this up after suffering from malaria. He found a job in Chile as a schoolmaster, and began to paint as an amateur, specialising in South American landscapes and sea pictures. When he was in his fifties he returned to Britain to live in Hull, where he painted most of his best pictures as souvenirs of Chile. In 'Off Valparaiso' and other such paintings he emphasised the jade green and blue of the Pacific Ocean. This full rigged iron ship was used for bringing minerals from Chile. It is shaking out top gallants and royal sails, while hoisting a goose-winged flying jib.



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Post Number:#267  PostPosted: 10 May 2011 10:15 
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Thanks for filling us in Mike, I knew little of him other than that he lived in Chile for a while,
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The Strathmore

This is another fabulous Shoesmith study,painted in the mid-thirties it shows the P&O liner Strathmore negotiating her way into Port Said ,where she will moor for a few hours before entering the Suez Canal. This painting evokes many happy memories for me, the first time I ever saw a Strath boat was when I was at Gravesend sea school. We used to see them going into Tilbury,across the river from us. They looked like white and gold castles, exotic and mysterious. I would dream of sailing in one when I became a sailor. The other memories are of Port Said and the Canal,the sounds of frenzied activity filling the air,the colours of the people and boats and the smell,an ancient aroma. This would be followed by a peaceful glide through the canal, the air so still and the occasional braying of some reluctant little donkey piercing the silence as it struggled beneath a back breaking load .Little Arab children would wave and shout from the palm fringed banks ,and then, at length we would come into the Bitter Lakes where we could stay for a while as the north bound convoy cleared the southern stretch of the waterway.
These are those golden times of youth where once we went ,and may not go back again,
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Post Number:#270  PostPosted: 12 May 2011 18:31 
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Shoesmith

A good internet friend sent me these pictures which he had taken whilst staying aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Longbeach, California. He found them in one of the state rooms aboard the Mary and they were painted by Kenneth D Shoesmith in the 1930's when he was commissioned by Cunnard they have been hanging in the Mary for these past 70 years (excepting for the period of World War 2). Brian, m
y internet friend, knew that I was posting pictures by Shoesmith and thought that I would like to add them to my collection. I was very pleased to do so and, indeed I was pleased to think that these pictures have given so much pleasure to the tens of thousands of people over the past half century and I like to think that they will give pleasure to all of those who will follow us in the future. I hope you like them too,
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Since posting this item I came across a picture of Shoesmith himself ,he is posed as though he is putting the finishing touches to the "Madonna of the Atlantic"
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Post Number:#271  PostPosted: 14 May 2011 19:52 
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Wooow he looks more like your friendly bank manager than a great artist.



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Post Number:#272  PostPosted: 15 May 2011 09:18 
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Must say!
On the first two pictures, he has really got the lamp fittings correct
Clever man. lol
And that is a common fault with inside picture taking.
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A good internet friend, Brian Aspinall, sent me this cutting from the the MNAO news bulletin. It is an article about the author of the book on Kenneth D. Shoesmith. Ron Anderson (Batman) kindly downloaded the e.mail and prepared it for loading on to the site. If you use the zoom facility on your p.c. you should be able to read all about the author Glyn L.Evans,
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perhaps brian can upload some pictures too?



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