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photo credit: The Canal Museum Stoke Bruerne
Photograph by Speedwell of cabin of boat called "Sweden"
Funnily his family just wanted to appear like every other family on the block and were not impressed when he told them that he was going to paint the living room. This he did with trees growing in each corner, lots of bull rushes ad flying birds, up the walls and ceiling. Everyone thought it was marvellous.
Bills roses were always more realistic and three dimensional , and being a good painter he had devised a technique that could still be quick.....time is money!
His castles were black outlined with the usual lake and mountains but you can see that he couldn't resist adding more of his artistic touches, sailing boats in the background with their reflections, swans with proper markings, beaks and legs, detailed bull rushes and stripy waving flags and tiny weather vanes. ...lovely.
He had eight children to support so doing outside work must have helped with his income. I'm sure he must have dreamt of being able to make a living from painting large canvasses.
Bill Hodgson died on the 29th November 1957, not famous in the art world, but extremely well known and respected by the boating world....I wish I could have met him.
I expect that if he was painting now he would still have been the same, probably not well known on the 'World wide web'...not enough time to self publicise... not having time to spend everyday looking at facebook,Instagram, twitter etc etc...only having time to live and paint .....who knows......
Lets all give a HUGE CHEER for William Henry Hodgson....A true artist and boat painter.
Acknowledgement - Flowers Afloat by Tony Lewery.