Celebrating or commemorating?

October 21st, 2017

Let us spare a thought for all those men in both fleets at Trafalgar on the 21 st October 1805.

The battle of #Trafalgar was as much about a culture clash as anything else, the opposing sides both felt strongly, they represented freedom and a civilised way ahead.

A close examination of what they wrote, including French and Spanish documents, shows all behaved with bravery, gallantry, discipline and loyalty during and after the battle.

Trafalgar Dawn, you are on board HMS Victory at 06.05.

Trafalgar Dawn, you are on board HMS Victory at 06.05.

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No alternative, no escape

October 18th, 2017

We are approaching another Trafalgar anniversary, 21 October so I thought it would be fun to share one of my less ‘known’, Nelson and Trafalgar Collection paintings.

I present “Trafalgar Dawn, The French Perspective”. 

Trafalgar Dawn, The French Perspective

Trafalgar Dawn, The French Perspective

This painting measures a healthy 30 x 121 cms (12″ x 48″)

This remarkable scene was conceived as the twin of “Trafalgar Dawn”, as seen from HMS Victory at 06.05, Monday 21st October 1805.

Both are available as signed limited edition prints. 

Trafalgar Dawn, The French Perspective ~ as a fine art print

Trafalgar Dawn, The French Perspective ~ as a fine art print

Besides being images to remember, both are as historically accurate as my diligent research in Britain, France and Spain can make them.

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Olaudah Equiano I salute you

October 16th, 2017
A BIG deal ?
Google’s latest home page marks what would have been Olaudah Equiano’s (1746-1797) 272nd birthday (1746-1797).
I was very surprised…!

Olaudah Equiano who?

Gustav Weston

Gustav Weston

Olaudah Equiano will feature as already planned, as one of the fore deck hands soon to be drawn in my new painting of HMS Racehorse, I’ll explain why.

Racehorse progress, detail 14.10.17

Racehorse progress, detail 14.10.17

Firstly I abhor slavery and suppression in any form.
Secondly I have no problem with any decent, honest people regardless of the colour or creed
I strongly oppose those who force their will on others and those who support them.
Olaudah Equiano also known as known Gustavus Vassa, was a native born African from the region we now know as Nigeria, who lead a very notable life.
Enslaved first by fellow Africans later sold to a slave ship, as a writer, his memoir gives us remarkable insights, one of the first accounts of the ‘Middle Seas’ slave trade from a victim’s perspective.
By the way, lets not forget, slavery way predates that trade and the worst crime in history has to be the Muslim enslavement of Africans, a 1300 year old ongoing crime, a practice now much curtailed by still ongoing…
Olaudah Equiano, always a decent man, hard worker, he learned with help of Englishmen to speak English fluently, A bright fellow in English society that had never really taken to slavery, he was educated by kindly British masters, he eventually purchased his freedom.

His many adventures included signing on as a doctor’s assistant and able seaman aboard HMS Racehorse, under the name of Gustav Weston.

Racehorse progress 14.10.17

Racehorse progress 14.10.17

Together with HMS Carcass, Racehorse sailed for the Royal Navy’s first exploration of the Arctic regions.
The crew lists show us a fellow voyager was ‘a young gentleman’ named Horatio Nelson ~ you may have heard of him too?

Olaudah Equiano lived a life we can all relate to so be proud of him, a brave and gallant man.

Racehorse progress, detail 14.10.17

Racehorse progress, detail 14.10.17

Treble reef tops’l’s

October 16th, 2017
Weather or not?  Very strange weather here today… 
I read it as severe storm approaching…IMG_1611
All morning the sun has appeared as an orange ball in a brassy grey sky.IMG_1617
 

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Lunch of launch?

October 15th, 2017

The following surfaced today while I was following up on a ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection‘ enquiry. I’ll more or less quote from my response and share with you the photos referred to.

Launch of the Lord Nelson

Launch of the Lord Nelson

I’d written; I realised I have another Lord Nelson painting which I guess you are unaware of.
It’s not listed in the collection.
I’d overlooked it in part because it only appears in my online archive as ~ “The Launch of the Lord Nelson”. 
That is launch not lunch !
The painting measures 22 x 30 cms (9″ x 12″) and the photo with the film crew shows, it was painted ‘plien aire’.

en at work, painting the launch of JST Lord Nelson, BBC filming

en at work, painting the launch of JST Lord Nelson, BBC filming

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Racehorse progress

October 14th, 2017

Here we go again, brace yourself, be sitting comfortably before looking at the images…

Racehorse progress 14.10.17

Racehorse progress 14.10.17

Attached are images of the progress with Racehorse.
Rather like writing a book or building a boat, it’s bit of a mess there is much still to do, as yet nothing is really finished but definitely showing promise.

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Page updated

October 11th, 2017

HMS Racehorse, Further Reading, page updated.

Racehorse progress 06.10.17

Racehorse progress 06.10.17

Text is still in working notes form, much revised and updated, nevertheless at this point in time and unfinished ‘manuscript, enjoy.

 

 

 

Mayflower sunk?

October 11th, 2017

Attention on deck, prepare to abandon ship!

Sad to report, I’ve drawn a definite blank from Plymouth Mayflower 400 so consider that lead closed. Disappointing in part because the original committee approached me not I them, back in 2014.

Mayflower 3 B concept sketch

Mayflower 3 B concept sketch

For me this may well be a cloud with a silver lining.
I can focus on ‘The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection,’ The British India Collection (Merchant shipping) and the ‘Gaillac and Bordeaux Wine Villages’ project for all of which I have exciting ideas and fine paintings available illustrated on this website, with more to come.

Not much better with The Harwich Mayflower Project which I’d love to see succeed. HMP’s success would prove a huge benefit for Harwich town and the county of Essex. With Britexit looking increasingly like a very hard exit, all the more reason to make an imaginative project at Harwich successful.

Mayflower at Harwich, concept sketch 4

Mayflower at Harwich, concept sketch 4

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Surprise? L’Hermione

October 8th, 2017

l’Hermione, frigate, now you see me now you don’t…

Surprise ! Hermione, 08.10.17

Surprise ! Hermione, 08.10.17

Well, what do you make of this?

Surprise ? L'Hermione, detail

Surprise ? L’Hermione, detail

A new as near complete addition to ‘The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’.
This looks simple? 
My impression of the Hermione (pronounced Her’me’on), Concord class frigate launched at Rochefort sur Mer, 2015.
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Pickle and Victory at Portsmouth.

October 8th, 2017

You are welcome, encouraged, to copy and use the following text.

Today has been a very busy day here working with Mal Nicholson, owner and master of the beautiful HmsPickle recreation schooner preparing the following press release…

"I Have Urgent Dispatches", available as a Heritage print

“I Have Urgent Dispatches”, available as a Heritage print

the basic is:

At the invitation of the Royal Navy and crewed by Royal Navy personnel, a very special event ~ the beautiful HmsPickle recreation schooner or war will visit the famous H M S Victory at Portsmouth, 1 st to 8 th November 2017.

 

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