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.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection
Life-Line by David Wright
Life-Line by David Wright, showing a back view of a naked lady. Wright produced a series of over 160 illustrations or 'pin-ups' for 'The Sketch' during the 1940's. David Wright's 'Lovelies' proved hugely popular and adorned practically every military mess, bunker, dormitory or club room in the country during World War II.
© Estate of David Wright/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
Nude Danae by Jean Straker
A woman reclining on a bed is captured in a shaft of light. A nude study by photographer Jean Straker inspired by the painting Danae by Rembrandt which appeared in his art photography book, 'Nudes of Jean Straker' published by Charles Skilton Ltd in 1958. Straker was best-known for his nude photographic studies and for the ensuing prosecutions he endured under the Obscene Publications Act during the 1950s and 60s. This photography example of Straker's belief that photography could 'paint with light'.
© Mary Evans / Photo Union Collection