“Trafalgar Dawn”

H.M.S. Victory, Nelson’s flagship, the view at 06.05, Monday 21st October 1805 

Available from our Marine Print Gallery as a signed limited edition print

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Trafalgar Dawn with margin sketch as printed

Trafalgar Dawn with margin sketch as printed

By Gordon Frickers this marine painting measures 30 x 121 cms (12″ x 48″). Sold

Available as a ‘Heritage’ print, on canvas for the look and feel of an original, numbered edition, signed.

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Detail from "Trafalgar Dawn"

"Trafalgar Dawn" detail

“Trafalgar Dawn” detail

most original and memorable” ~ Peter Goodwin, Curator and Keeper, HMS Victory, June 1996.

This marine painting

“a forest of masts”, as described in diaries, letters and the log book.

By carefully examining the French and Spanish documents while visiting the archives of those countries  it was possible to establish the exact order of the ships on that horizon. For your enjoyment that is reproduced on the Heritage prints we supply and you can order via this web site.

Five minutes after this informal moment depicted, at 06.10, the British attack began is our chosen moment.

It is as if you are on-board the flagship among the crew members as the fateful dawn appears.
This scene is based on eye witness accounts, journals of men from both fleets, ship’s log books and sketches made at the time therefore the words of the men present at the time.

It is also an historical document researched right down to the way ropes were twisted (rope laid or shroud laid) the men’s hairstyles and cloth, has been reproduced in several authoritative books so there you have several reasons this painting has an outstanding haunting ‘presence’ .

The margin of our extraordinary print includes a sketch of the combined fleet, named in (most probable) order of sailing at 06.05hrs

Trafalgar Dawn (as printed) with margin sketch

Trafalgar Dawn (as printed) with margin sketch

I was awoken by the crew rushing on deck and by their cheering“.
This excitement was repeated on most of the other British ships.

The movements of the men, their positions, body language, cloths & even hair styles result from very extensive research, as is the equipment, appearance & position of Victory & the other ships depicted.
All is as historically accurate as diligent research could make it at the time.

As mentioned on his cv/ résumée Gordon Frickers worked officially for HMS Victory, his paintings used to help raise funds towards the renovation to 1805 condition of HMS Victory, work supervised by the now legendary Mr. Peter Goodwin.

HMS Victory photographed by Gordon Frickers August 2007

HMS Victory photographed by Gordon Frickers August 2007

The picture is for the moment still available as a Heritage print, numbered, signed, own, enjoy.

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