The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection

The Nelson & Trafalgar Collection.

If you are looking for the best in marine painting you have found it here.

I was honoured to be the Official Artist to HMS Victory, 1993 to 1998.

This Nelson and Trafalgar Collection is part of the result.

I Have Urgent Dispatches , detail of signal 2214,1 st to 8 th November 2017, Pickle and Victory , at the invitation of the Royal Navy a very special event  ~  the beautiful ‘HmsPickle’ recreation schooner or war is visiting   the famous H M S Victory at Portsmouth.

It is at least for the moment regarded as the ‘crème de la crème’, the most valuable of my paintings. Those paintings as yet unsold are priced as per the Rochay Elite “Trafalgar Soirée” (at The Army & Navy Club, St James, Pall Mall, London,  October).

HMS Victory as photographed by Gordon Frickers, 2007

HMS Victory as photographed by Gordon Frickers, 2007

This ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’ represents an unrepeatable life experience; situations change, a time that witnessed the production of this remarkable series is now its self part of the Nelson and Trafalgar story.

We trust you approve, we named the collection “Nelson and Trafalgar” because it shows many aspects of the life and times of Horatio, Lord Nelson.

Today HMS Victory is magnificently preserved at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, part of the naval base and open to the public. To Visit HMS Victory is to have an experience you will never forget..

HMS Victory is iconic; the only surviving example of a type of war ship that was at one time the pride of the fleets of great nations, the First Rate Ship of the Line of Battle. It is as if only one castle had survived to our time. By happy chance Victory was also one of the finest and most distinguished First Rates ever built.

Trafalgar, First Shots

Trafalgar, First Shots available, price upon application

Come, cheer up, my lads, ’tis to glory we steer“, the opening line of Hearts of Oak, anthem of the Royal Navy. We should be focused on you commissioning a painting or buying print, what the heck,  your pleasure the rest of the text is under ‘miscellaneous’ on this page.

When official artist to HMS Victory, Gordon Frickers had access to leading experts and rarely see documents in Britain, France and Spain.  The collections included British, French and Spanish ships of the Georgian and Napoleonic period, original documents, journals, letters and mementos.

This story is addressed briefly below and in more detail via the “Further reading”  a link appears after the last painting.

marine print, Heritage quality, "I Have Urgent Dispatches"

“I Have Urgent Dispatches”  Also available in print from £147.  Price of original upon application


Click on the images to see larger versions, the blue image titles are hyperlinks that will take you to further reading on that painting. The linked pages will help you better appreciate these remarkable subjects and this exceptional Trafalgar Collection, read on, enjoy.

Trafalgar Dawn 10.01.08 E

Trafalgar Dawn. Sold. Available  in print from £147.

The battle of Trafalgar, 21 st October 1805 caused a key change in European therefor world history. HMS Victory was the British Flag ship.

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Trafalgar Dawn, the French Perspective Original, price upon application.
Available in print from £147.

This “Trafalgar Collection”  results from a unique period when talents and time combined,  when as official artist Gordon Frickers had unrestricted access to HMS Victory, the full co operation of her Keeper and Curator Peter Goodwin, the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich London), the Royal Navy Museum, and a letter of introduction from Commander Mike Cheshire, HMS Victory’s Captain, a letter that opened many other doors, many archives,  including in France and Spain.

Nelson's Column

Nelson’s Column available, price upon application.

Victory‘s most famous Admiral, Horatio Nelson was an idealistic, innovative and personally very brave man. He lead an heroic life so is considered Britain’s foremost naval hero even eclipsing great seamen like Francis Drake, Hawkins, George Anson and James Cook. All of those and many other English sea men together certainly changed world history.

"Nelson's Bright Yellow"

“Nelson’s Bright Yellow”   available, price upon application.

The story behind and results from “Nelson’s Bright Yellow’ included some extraordinary discoveries that challenged established views regarding the appearance of Nelson’s ships.

They are reflected in this collection.

available, price upon application.

HMS Racehorse 98 % complete, 17.11.17


Death of Nelson

Death of Nelson (scheduled for completion August 2018 ), price upon application.  Available   

The 64 pound Carronade

The 64 pound Carronade sold (incomplete)

available, price upon application.

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Trafalgar Messenger (Pickle) 17.08.16

Trafalgar Messenger (Pickle) 17.08.16,

available, price upon application.

The Trafalgar Dispatch, HMS Pickle,

Ubiqitous Pickle

HMS Pickle, first with the news available, price upon application..

Hermione, frigate

Hermione, frigate available, price upon application.

Surprise ! Hermione,

Surprise ! Hermioneavailable, price upon application.

Maidstone verses Lion

Maidstone verses Lion privately commissioned, sold

A typical French privateer of the period, the painting celebrates the superb replica built at Brest, launched 1996.

Launch of the Lord Nelson


Examining the water colours made at sea by order of King George III by the official marine artist Serres, Gordon Frickers with Guy Hannaford, in the UKHO.

Examining the water colours made at sea by order of King George III by the official marine artist Serres, Gordon Frickers with Guy Hannaford, in the UKHO.

An example of exceptional and meticulous research was Gordon’s visit to Her Majesty’s Hydrographic Office, Taunton.

A huge, secure government complex definitely not open to the public where for generations ‘Admiralty Charts’ have been and still are produced.

The Western Morning News, a typical 'Trafalgar' research story

The Western Morning News, a typical ‘Trafalgar’ research story.

While producing this Trafalgar Collection Gordon Frickers visited by appointment among other places The Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum Liverpool and office of Sea Breezes magazine, Liverpool, The Liverpool Tate Gallery, The Naval Reference Library Plymouth, Devonport, Portsmouth, Brest and San Sebastian (Cadiz) naval bases, The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, the Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth, Brest Maritime Museum, the National Maritime Museums of France (Paris) and Spain (Madrid) and with French colleagues, Cadiz (University) and out of yet more curiosity, Cape Trafalgar.

At Cape Trafalgar with Michele Huve & Nichole Poullaouec

At Cape Trafalgar with Michele Huve & Nichole Poullaouec

A study that helped prove "Nelson's Bright Yellow"

A study that helped prove Nelson’s Bright Yellow“, available

A very big THANK YOU one and all goes unreservedly for the good will and good humour of many people in Britain, France and Spain contributed to this amazing Trafalgar Collection.

In particular I would like to thank Mr. Peter Goodwin, Michele Huve & the Brest Jumlarge, Lt Cmdr Mike Cheshire (Captain, HMS Victory) , the directors of Victory 2005 Ltd and M. & Mme Linquet of Brest.

With Peter Goodwin on Victory’s quarterdeck

Peter Goodwin’s brief was to restore HMS Victory to her ‘Trafalgar Condition’ in readiness for the 2005 bi centenary of Trafalgar.

Further Reading: < This is a hyperlink to an expanded introduction to this awesome series, enjoy.

Hearts of Oak:

Come, cheer up, my lads, ’tis to glory we steer, To add something more to this wonderful year; To honour we call you, as freemen not slaves, For who are so free as the sons of the waves Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men, we always are ready; Steady, boys, steady! We’ll fight and we’ll conquer again and again. We ne’er see our foes but we wish them to stay, They never see us but they wish us away; If they run,why we follow and run them ashore, And if they won’t fight us, what cannot do more. we still make them feel and we still make them flee, and drub them at shore as we drub them at sea, so cheer up me lads with one heart let us sing, oh soldiers and sailors, our statesmen and king.

A very early connection with HMS Victory: SNR Victory visit 1988

A very early connection with HMS Victory: SNR Victory visit 1988

In long bygone days my first visit to HMS Victory was in 1966 at the invitation of Mr. Martin Simmonds, one of my art teachers at Maidstone College of Art, he was an ex sub mariner and our good friend, my Father and I with Martin attended a Royal Navy Silver Service dinner organised by the Society for Nautical Research, on board in Nelson’s day cabin  ; thank you Martin and the SNR; a fine ‘mess’ in more senses than one, that you got me into!!!


A ‘letter to a colleague

Thank you Randy Wright, an interesting reply. I’ll check out the references you have thoughtfully provided. I’m aware of the chinese voyages, have read a little of the archaeology but never read a thorough summary.

Re reading my response, if you don’t object, I’ll add it as a ‘letter to a colleague’ on my web site, “Nelson and Trafalgar Collection” page.

I’m fully aware that history as presented is often short on facts, for example I thoroughly researched when I painted my “Nelson and Trafalgar Collection” back in the 1990’s. when official artist to HMS Victory.

There is a version of ‘Trafalgar’ on Utube that really irritates me it’s so inaccurate, almost an insult to the men of both sides who served.

I was careful to view original documents and assess period paintings not just in Britain, in France and Spain too, visited many archives in Britain, France and Spain, even, just for the ‘ambience’, visited Cape Trafalgar with French colleagues.

I found in all three countries many experts very willing to help and some with astonishing views. For example, the curator, the gentleman in charge of the naval archive at the Naval base of San Sebastian (Cadiz) where we where very warmly, most hospitably received by the port Admiral, which I visited with French colleagues told me in all seriousness, ‘the British never admit the Spanish sank two British ships at Trafalgar’….

Certainly no evidence to support that and plenty to discredit it.

We were also told Nelson had a girlfriend in Cadiz so regularly, discreetly visited.

That romance might be true during a pre Trafalgar period but was not in my brief to follow up. Generally I’ve found facts usually more interesting, certainly more enlightening than the fictions that pose as facts.

In the case of Nelson and Trafalgar I found the truth as revealed by original logs, diaries, letters and charts more complex, more interesting and more to the credit of the men of all nations present than history likes to admit.

In short, the French and Spanish behaved honourably, those engaged fought very bravely, behaved gallantly in defeat but never stood a chance against a decidedly superior British fleet with more advanced technology.

The British were skillfully lead, they too fought bravely and behaved impeccably. I completely agree with you re revisionist history, it’s not just something the Muslims have invented, likewise, false news.

I worked briefly as a photojournalist so rapidly became aware we get the news editors and managers want us to have. I stopped taking newspaper reports seriously !

Further Reading, ‘Nelson and Trafalgar’ collection


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