Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants
Boys from the Training Ship Mercury swimming nude in the River Hamble. The Mercury, established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare, was originally based at Binstead on the Isle of Wight, but moved in 1892 to the River Hamble, near Southampton, where shore-based premises were also provided. Boys aged 12-15 were trained in seamanship, with many going on to join the naval services.
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The Mary Evans collection was first established in 1964 and covers an extensive range of subject matters, but all with the central theme of beautiful art, be they book illustrations, posters, advertisements or prints of every day subject matter. Today the collection is regarded as one of the finest of its kind and much of it is available to you, the art-lover. When you have found a Mary Evans print you find appealing you can decide to have it reproduced on canvas, framed or simply as a large print to frame as you wish. Each image is also available to be reproduced as varies types of gifts including t-shirts, mugs, jigsaw puzzles, fridge magnets and key rings.