HMS Pickle, a new yarn to add to the thread of the renowned schooner Pickle of unlikely name and much disputed origins, the Pickle which heroically carried the news of the battle of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson (“Sir, we have won a great victory but we have lost Nelson“) is splendidly illustrated as a Heritage quality, signed numbered edition picture in “I have urgent dispatches“.
We are rarely able to see Gordon Frickers artwork in its final location so this is a treat!
Trafalgar Dawn (http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/trafalgar_dawn.html) has become a famous painting including being reproduced in several authoritative books and is available as a signed numbered Heritage edition from this web site.
For some years now friends have been asking me to paint and print the opposite view, from the French flagship, to make a pair, neat idea but the research proved very illusive.
Do have a look at the beginning of this historic painting and be one of the first people to to see pretty much what the French saw from their flag ship Bucentaure on that fateful Monday 21st October 1805.
Reproduced here, an article kindly sent to us by Sally C McElwreath written by Rear Admiral Joeseph Callo USNR (Ret.) written for the authorative American magazine SEA HISTORY 132, AUTUMN 2010, (National Maritime Historical Society) which includes the renowned painting “I have urgent dispatches,” by Gordon Frickers,
available as a signed numbered edition from page: http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html ~ you can order easily and securely on line using PayPal.
HMS Pickle, the schooner Pickle, The Pickle the ship that famously carried the news of Trafalgar to England and the Admiralty; I heard last week that the original of I have urgent dispatches is up for sale.
Now to be sold separately, a change of plan, sold separately from the rest of the owners Victory 2005 collection which I hear has a prospective buyer for the rest of the collection.
I’m not sure how much the owners want for it, my impression is 10 to 15,000 pounds, which is about 15 to 23 thousand USD.
This is the renowned marine painting, reproduced in several learned books and considered by some leading experts the definitive marine painting of HMS Pickle, a painting from which even the prints have created a history with copies going to among others, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, The Royal Naval Air Service and the New York Yacht Club!
I have urgent dispatches is still available as a prestige limited edition.
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.
All days are special, some more so.
Today I drove to Taunton and had an incredible day at the Admiralty Hydrographic Office research department.
I was looking for period drawings of Botany Bay (Laperouse) and Gibraltar (Nelson) for 2 marine paintings I am planning and thanks to Guy Hannaford, what a day I had!
Possible projects include a Laperouse painting, one or 2 on the theme of Nelson and Trafalgar (because the Victory 2005 series are about to become available for sale, I will write the story here soon) a further famous wine village series this time involving more working people in the paintings, and I have a new idea that relates to paintings about some of the big issues of our times.