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3:14pm on Tuesday, 6th August, 2013:



This is the first piece of original artwork I ever owned:

It's a painting of a steam ship by one of my mother's uncles, Thomas Dodds. I've no idea why he painted a ship. All his other paintings are of people or flowers, except commissions.

It's signed T.D. and dated 31 (that is, 1931) under the frame. It used to hang on my bedroom wall when I was a kid. Uncle Tom (as we called him) was a pretty good artist in his youth, and we have three other paintings by him on the walls. We used to have this one hanging up too, but my wife took it down last year so she could put up a picture roughly the same size that we bought on holiday. I'm going to put it up in the room I work in at home when we redecorate it Some Time Real Soon.

My wife's not a fan of it, but she doesn't have the same sentimental attachment to it that I do. Looking at it objectively, I personally feel it's not bad given that it was by someone with enormous hands whose job was driving tractors.

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