1922, HMS VICTORY was this week, having been rammed afloat, hastily moved into No 2 Dock, Portsmouth to be preserved for the nation. My ‘Nelson & Trafalgar Collection’ was commissioned to help raise funds for Victory and R N Museum Portsmouth. The collection still remains never publicly exhibited, most of the paintings available. … Read more
This little schooner had survived, only just, 2 heavy gales in the Bay of Biscay, the date was the fourth of November 1805.
She conveyed on board the most momentous news of that decade as she arrived at Falmouth, England.
Her unlikely name now immortalised in history was HMS Pickle.This painting measures 48 x 61 cm (19″ x 24″), available, price upon application.
An interesting question raised on Facebook The sailing frigates, ship sloops and war brigs 1620-1870 Edward Zimmerman.
“What was the significance between Red and Blue?”
Flags are a complex subject with a long history.
To fly an incorrect flag, one you are not entitled to, is still punishable by law. Both flags he mentions, red and blue, have a long history.
In Nelson’s day Blue was used together with red, white and yellow to indicate the zone a ship thus the admiral in command, operated.
Many a would be marine artist has shown a wrong flag !
The 1805 Club of North America branch asked me to write an article on how “I Have Urgent Dispatches” came to be created.
This is the first time since we started all those years ago inspired by the late and much missed Nick Varley, that one of the most influential ‘Nelson’ society’s has asked to show this example from my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’.
Ready to go, varnished last week, now available for exhibition or a new home, one of my “Nelson and Trafalgar” paintings, a series, some now sold, as yet not publicly exhibited.
‘Immortal’ Nelson’s ‘HMS Minerve’ voyage was a major ‘sea mark’ in his rise to fame.
Nelson, why is Nelson said to be ‘immortal’, Nelson’s Minerve voyage gives us clues.
This marine painting shows Nelson at Gibraltar, 10th December 1796 shows Nelson in the stern sheets of the cutter with tossed oars, when he transferred from the 75 gun HMS Captain to the frigate Minerve .
Thus You have 2 Nelson ships for the price of one.
There is an incident during the voyage with Minerve which most historians of Nelson have missed, failed to see the significance.
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne; success, Trafalgar, Pickle, here’s a yarn for you…
I don’t sell many prints these days, in fact I may well discontinue them soon.
I’m pleased to report another large copy of “I Have Urgent Dispatches” was dispatched today, this time bound for a new home near Portsmouth, England.
“I Have Urgent Dispatches” on a harp?
I had a very unusual copyright enquiry.
Plus we have a call for volunteers to work on “Iris Mary” and “Irene”, at Saltash, February 17 -22?
“Ieuan was overwhelmed when he saw what was done at Christmas. We shed a few tears together….Even hardy sailors get emotional” Talfryn Laposte wrote to me.
Please, how much, to reproduce your famous “I Have Urgent Dispatches” on a harp I’m building as a surprise for my son, he loves the painting.