“The sea is all wrong, it should be flat calm” said Peter Goodwin to me by phone having just returned from the Arctic circle.
Actually, the painting, is absolutely ‘spot on’.
The moment portrayed : “HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773″.
Subtitle “Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit’, Friday 17 September“.
Taken from the ship’s log book and journals and guided by the very authoritative Mr. Goodwin, this painting is accurate down to the tiller ropes on the poop deck and the fish davit blocks. The latter is a detail often missed by artists and model makers.
Mr. Goodwin for the past 3 years has been having researching and writing his extraordinary new book “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage” [ISBN 978 1 4729 5417 6].
He and his wife Katy took a cruise ship vacation to the Arctic waters and numerous islands explored by HM Sloop Racehorse and HM Sloop Carcass in 1773.
Peter Goodwin and Katy Goodwin said the weather was so sunny and calm at times a T shirt was enough [and trousers !] during the days. Climate Warming?
This very fine painting and its accompanying drawings,
are part of my “Nelson and Trafalgar Collection“, measures 7 5 x 100 cm (29.5″ x 39″), has never been exhibited and are available.
Price upon request.
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