The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection
The Nelson & Trafalgar Collection;
I was honoured to be the Official Artist to HMS Victory, 1993 to 1998.
This Nelson and Trafalgar Collection is part of the result,
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).
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.
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.
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. 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.
Trafalgar Dawn, the French Perspective Original £35,000. 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.
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.
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.
The Trafalgar Dispatch, HMS Pickle,
HMS Pickle, first with the news Original £45,000.
A typical French privateer of the period, the painting celebrates the superb replica built at Brest, launched 1996.
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.
Peter Goodwin’s brief was to restore HMS Victory to her ‘Trafalgar Condition’ in readiness for the 2005 bi centenary of Trafalgar.
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.
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.
Further Reading: < This is a hyperlink to an expanded introduction to this awesome series, enjoy.
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!!!
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