since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)
Damn. I had a theory about naked young athletic men romping on the beach - largely that it was a German passion in the late Victorian and Edwardian times. Given Tuke's paintings, I had to go back and add a modification to my original thinking :)Thanks for the linkhttp://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2009/11/19th-century-amusement-centres-healthy.html
Tuke has become a Gay icon in this country and I was peripherally involved (though not personally gay) protesting when an exhibition of his remarkable work was banned in Cornwall through protests from Christian groups. I can't think of any other painter like him in Victorian Britain so your theory may still be right.
...and in defence of art work of Cornwall gay artist Henry Scott Tuke RA banned from LGBT History by a Devon based organisation. We would not want you or your followers to miss out or not to be informed …so here are some links to the Cornwall LGBT History & Gay Art Sculpture ‘Open Studio’ Exhibition. To be held Valentines Weekend Feb 2016 Q. ‘WHY’ have we put on the Cornwall LGBT History & Art Sculpture Exhibition?A. This reason = http://www.gayhistorycornwall.com/#!2009-intercom-v-henry-scott-tuke/czl3 #Cornwall Guide:http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/events/2016-02-13-cornwall-lgbt-history-sculpture-project.htm#South West Federation of Museums & Art Gallerieshttp://www.swfed.org.uk/news/cornwall-lgbt-history-art-sculpture-studio-exhibition-2016/#WhatsonCornwallhttp://www.whatsoncornwall.co.uk/arts-crafts-exhibitions/open-studios/sculpture-exhibition-lgbt-history#CornishGuardianhttp://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/event/Cornwall-LGBT-History-Open-Studio-Art-Sculpture/event-28402046-detail/whatson/event.html#Cornwall Art Craft Directoryhttp://www.cornwall-arts-and-crafts.co.uk/events/event-details.php?id=8460#Gscenehttp://gscene.com/news/gay-art-sculpture-exhibition-during-lgbt-history-project-in-cornwall/#WestCornwallEventshttps://westcornwallevents.co.uk/events/cornwall-lgbt-history-art-sculpture-exhibition-2016#Outeverywherehttp://www.outeverywhere.com/events/openstudiogay-523526.html#CornishLinkshttp://cornishlinks.uk/events/lgbt.htm#Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kZyZCqXG0A#GayHistoryCornwallhttp://www.gayhistorycornwall.com/#!gay-sculptures-lgbt-history-2016-/c156a ….some photos of our sculptures (& other of our images) are available Copyright FREE under Creative Commons license on Wikimedia Commons for benevolent Art, History & LGBT worldwide project usage. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:LGBT_History_Cornwall We have striven to put on the FREE ‘Open Studio’ LGBT History Gay Art Sculpture Exhibition in Cornwall despite considerable continued adversity, suppression, bullying, intimidation, persecution & victimisation from organisations based in Exeter, Devon towards factual Cornwall LGBT history, also towards us as a Cornwall artist & against us as an individual gay person. Best wishesMalcs http://www.gayhistorycornwall.com
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