Fencing with the R N

By Gordon Frickers on February 25th, 2019

HMS Victory
Following an amicable exchange on #LinkedIn, I take the liberty of sharing my comments for your consideration.

HMS Victory (GSAF photo)

I visited the HMS Victory last April with my 30 yr old son.
He had said he wanted to better understand what I’d been doing back in the 1990’s when I was  ‘Official Artist’ to Victory helping  the ship’s further restoration under the guiding hands of Mr. Peter Goodwin, for the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar.  Mike Cheshire was c/o of Victory, Dr. Colin White was head of the R N Museum, and very helpful they all were, a real pleasure to work with. 

On Victory with Peter Goodwin

That was the first time I’d been in the dockyard since about 2006 when I painted a surprise in great secrecy, a gift from the Mod /BAE for the Chilean navy, the Condell leaving Portsmouth.
Admiral Condell

Admiralante Condell leaving Portsmouth 2008

Thus I was very disappointed to see the how the insensitive, hideous galvanised fences restricted and spoiled our view as we approached the ship hence my comment/protest. 

Fenced in

The fences spoiled our visitor experience by seriously restricting the view, felt unwelcoming, claustrophobic. Disappointing not least because on this occasion I’d had to pay a not inconsiderable sum for our visit.
If of interest you can see some off my results on my web site, https://www.frickers.co.uk/art/marine-art/war-ships/the-trafalgar-collection/
I can’t imagine any other site of such historic International value being treated with such a lack of imagination.
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