The following is quoted with the author’s kind permission.
I varnished an ‘old friend’ today in preperation for its storage… “Lapérouse Entering Botany Bay” is not yet on my web site.
By a huge coincidence, an extraordinary chance meeting, the ships of Laperouse encounter the First Fleet, some under weigh, others still at anchor as they prepare to move to Port Jackson to start in earnest a colony at Sydney Cove.
Working from original fine quality drawings made by of their ships by the French officers, their journals and the journals of the British we have here a representation of the French ships quite unlike the work of any other marine artist.
Marine paintings unfinished, ekkkk! Laperouse at Botany Bay not started and the weeks before May 23rd and the exhibition at the European Parliament down to single figures.
Cool calm and collected used to be my mantra for start lines when racing in big fleets; I have found another use for it guess what?
The frame alone will cost some £500.00
Gibraltar, Nelson, HMS Minerve, HMS Captain is beginning to reveal how the final marine painting will look.
There have been some significant developments in this marine painting including Gordon Frickers is able to be the first, here to show some results of collaboration, new research into the quality of the bright yellow preferred by Nelson on his ships, more on that below…
Several interesting emails today, all 3 enquiries for marine paintings (not marine prints) about Nelson and Trafalgar.
Curiously this makes 3 enquiries for that sort of painting in the past week…
Seems a bit like the old joke about waiting for buses?
Of course, followers of this blog will know, Gordon has a new marine painting on that subject, Nelson at Gibraltar, in production (hence insert pop up pic here) at this moment and another, a new version of Trafalgar Dawn, almost ready to start.
Peter is very concerned that there are structural problems in Victory caused by poor repairs and the committees responsible are not listening to him …
Thus I was able to bring Peter some moral support and light relief with some marine news.