The Sailor Gang

The Sailor Gang

Looks a right old villain Michael, but full of character...Good work.

Hi Michael, you got the best from your maternal grandfather.

Wouldn't want to meet this character down a dark alley. A great characterisation.

Brilliant painting Michael, you must get your talent from this old rogue!

Good character painting Michael

I'm definitely a bit devious Margaret.

That's an all knowing look he has, shame about his teeth !!

You look like him Michael! Great painting!

You're right Satu. Thank you.

What a character Mick! Ironic you were on the other side of the law.

It's a fine line between the two Adele but you're right. He was a professional like me too.

A salty old sea dog if ever there was one Michael, looks as though he’s had more than his fair share of grog too with that nose. Or perhaps, too much hooch whilst remaining at Her Majesties pleasure in Durham?! I think you got your looks and temperament from your grandma not you granda’s side.

I think you're right Fiona. I think I inherited some of his nature though.

Looks a Wiley one Michael but such a great subject he makes.

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Watercolour. My maternal grandfather, Charles William Hendey, who was a member of the notorious 'Sailor Gang' in Sunderland in the early 1900s. He used to bring all sorts of stolen property home and spent a good part of his life in Durham Prison. But he was a brilliant oil painter I'm told.

About the Artist
Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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