Days of My Youth

Images Publishing

Peter McGann

  • Days of My Youth is the personal memoir of the artist and Royal Academian Charles Napier Hemy. Recorded later in his life on board his yacht, he recounts his travels as a ten-year-old boy to and from Australia, and his adventures in the Victorian goldfields in 1851.

    Days of My Youth is a glimpse of the private world of Hemys boyhood, his early love of the sea, his encounter with mutiny and the rigours of travel under sail. Vivid descriptions of Melbourne during the gold rush and the social and living conditions of the early goldfields at Ballarat and Bendigo are recounted in this engaging first-hand chronicle.

    Hemys boyhood antics seem to come straight from the pages of the tales created by his contemporary, Mark Twain, but, they are not the sagas of fictional characters. They are his memories of his life at the ages of ten and eleven. These experiences left an indelible impression on Hemy, who went on to become one of Englands pre-eminent marine artists and a celebrated member of the Royal Academy.

  • ISBN: 9780958139526

    Dimensions: 210mm x 148mm

    Page Count: 106

    Publication Date: July 2009

    Colour: Full Colour

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