Nelson and Minerve

The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection.
Nelson at Gibraltar

Nelson at Gibraltar

“Nelson at Gibraltar” by Gordon Frickers measures 46 x 91 cm (18″ x 36″), oils on canvas, Available, T: + 44 (0)1865 52 2435  Mobile 00 33 (0) 6 10 66 19 26 
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The painting

Nelson and the ‘HMS Minerve’; Gibraltar, 10th December 1796.

The  Trafalgar Collection, the brief was to show some of the lesser known but significant events in the story of Nelson and the Royal Navy.

There is a famous incident during the voyage with Minerve, ‘borrowed’ by the most famous of naval author’s C S Forester for his character Horatio Hornblower, in “Hornblower and the Atropos“.

Nelson at Gibraltar, detail

HMS Minerve was the beginning of the voyage that consolidated Nelson‘s name and first made him truly famous,  yet many of the books on Nelson don’t mention Nelson’s crucial time on the frigate Minerve. 


Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 1)

Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 1)

You can find this story in the now rare copy of Admiral Mehran‘s “Nelson”.

The careful research included a visit to Her Majesty’s Hydrographic Office, Taunton to review period watercolours and charts of Gibraltar, 

This Minerve marine painting shows Nelson at Gibraltar, 10th December 1796 where he transferred from the 75 gun HMS Captain. 

Thus You have 2 Nelson ships for the price of one.

Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 2)

Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 2)

The research for this marine painting included Nelson’s route to the battle of Cape St Vincent.

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The painting started life as a quick sketch I made one evening.

The sketch that lead to "Nelson at Gibraltar".

The sketch drawn 19.02.1998, that lead to “Nelson at Gibraltar”.

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