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Monday 29 December 2008

Mitchell's - In Praise of Sailors - 11

There is a considerable body of art with modern sailors as subjects. Back in the early 20th century it was common to use drawings and paintings to illustrate adverts and press articles and I’ve reproduced a small selection here.

The gunnery pictures were popular but it’s hard not to see homo-erotic overtones in the way the theme is presented.

Look at the juxtapositioning of the shell and the sailor peering through the gunsight.

The next article looks at gay art interpretations of 'sailordom'

Read this series from episode 1

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