Not quite Tom of Finland, but still Finland
2014 Just before Christmas Lidbury was asked by Finish author J Ahtola for permission to use some of Lidbury's paintings as cover illustrations to some gay novels, to be published in Finland in 2015.
The only thing Lidbury knew about 'gay + Finland' were the art work of Touko Laaksonen or
'Tom of Finland' as he was more widely known. Touko Laaksonen considered a national hero for his gay illustrations, even appearing on sets of the nations stamps.
The irony of Lidbury's non-pornographic male nude paintings for which Devon & Cornwall police had homophobically attempted to prosecute Lidbury for, coming out as published illustrations in a set of books in Finland, home of possibly the worlds best known homoerotic artist -Tom of Finland was quite sweet.
The published books (in Finnish) available here.
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