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Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818

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Filename: aa071818.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4358 (6.6MB)

Date: 16th May 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818

WHITESTONE POND, Hampstead Heath, London. View of a boy lying down on the edge of the pond with his hand holding a model yacht on the water. Also, another boy behind him wearing Wellington boots stands on one leg in the water. Date range January 1962 - May 1964. John Gay

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Media ID 460649

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Boat Child Hood Leisure People Play Pond Recreation Water


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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> The way we were > Childhood


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the carefree spirit of childhood at Whitestone Pond on Hampstead Heath in London. Dated between January 1962 and May 1964, the image shows two boys immersed in a simple yet delightful moment of leisure. The foreground boy lies down on the grassy bank, his hand gently holding onto a model yacht as it sails calmly on the still water. His expression is one of deep concentration, focused on the miniature vessel he has crafted and set sail. Behind him, a second boy stands in the shallow water, wearing Wellington boots and balancing on one leg. His gaze is fixed on the boy with the yacht, a look of admiration and excitement on his face. The water around them reflects the surrounding trees and sky, adding depth and texture to the scene. The tranquility of the pond and the boys' playful interaction create a timeless image that speaks to the universal experience of childhood and the joy of spending a day outdoors. The natural beauty of Hampstead Heath provides the perfect backdrop for their simple pleasures, reminding us of the importance of cherishing moments of relaxation and connection with nature and each other.

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