Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, June 1897. This painting is a wonderful record of a lantern procession held to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The women and girls in the procession, all dressed in white and carrying Chinese lanterns, are shown snaking their way through the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn. George Sherwood Hunter was born in Aberdeen and visited Newlyn around the turn of the century. He settled there permanently in 1902 where he taught alongside Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes at the Newlyn School of Painting. Like many artists associated with the Newlyn School, Hunter was interested in depicting working people around the ports and villages of Cornwall. The painting underwent considerable conservation and restoration in 2010 which meant that, for the first time in over 100 years, the exquisitely painted faces of those in the procession could be seen in all their subtle glory. The delicate beauty in the children's faces is made more remarkable when one takes into consideration the very limited palette Hunter works with.
© RIC, photographer Mike Searle
HMS Ocean at sea
Pictured is HMS OCEAN, the Royal Navys Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) and Fleet Flagship.
She is pictured with Merlin and Chinook Helicopters on her deck.
In her role as a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship, Ocean is designed to deliver troops by helicopter or by landing craft the ship has six helicopters and carries four Mk5 landing craft vehicle and personnel (LCVP).
Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910
A view from the beach looking up to Wheal Friendly mine on the skyline. The mine was re-opened in 1900 as part of Wheal Kitty and was at 80fms in 1910. William Thomas of the Camborne School of Mines is standing on the far right. Photographer: Herbert Hughes.
© From the collection of the RIC
Cornish, Edwardian, Mining, Water, Wheels