Lugger, Further Reading

A sense of pride was reborn.

Oldest Cornish Lugger
Lugger Barnebus

Barnebus, lugger, approx 23 X 35 cm (9″ x 14″) Watercolour, made approximately 1974.

Available, at £250 ex studio it could be a very good little investment.

A rare insight into my emerging talent and a class of vessel that was to later appear in two famous paintings.

I was sitting in sunshine on a bollard on a quay near Penryn, Cornwall …

I’ve always pushed my frontiers.

The painting:

The Cornish lugger is a type of sea going vessel or rather the sailing rig on one.

They were fast, sea worthy, economic, much used by fishermen, smugglers and sometimes by pirates.

Cornish lugger ‘Barnabus’ has to be one of the most curious entries in the section, for several reasons.

Luggers were to feature more in my life, in two paintings quite famously.

I was sitting in sunshine on a bollard on a quay near Penryn, West Cornwall.

Barnabus is a charming very early ‘Gordon Frickers’ study, one of the earliest surviving examples of my work and emerging talent. 

I drew the picture probably in 1974 certainly from life.

Look carefully and you can see how , unaware I could be classified as ‘colour blind’, I was struggling to understand the colours.

Red sails in the sunset?

Barnebus, I don’t know where she is now, The restored ‘Barnabus’ is  a very rare example of a type of vessel that used to number in the thousands, the Cornish lugger.

Barnabus was then about 100 years old when I made this study back in the days when it was still very unusual to see an old small craft restored.

I thought she would make a good ‘drawing exercise’ so settled down to produce this carefully drawn study of Barnabus.

I decided to try and colour the picture and ran straight into the issue of my strange colour vision, some misname, “colour blindness”. 

Later I was to gradually learn, mostly under the guidance of the immensely  knowledgeable Francis Pratt at The Painting School of Montmiral [France], how best to exploit my rare gift of enhanced colour vision.

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Mike Hope wrote to me as follows: Your painting of Barnabas would be just after her first restoration, we would very much like to have a look if you come across it“ ~

At the time, 1974 ish, Barnebus was a bit over 100 years old having worked much of her life out of Saint Ives and village situated in the far west of Cornwall, now famous for it’s artists and an out station of the Tate Galley  of London.

I knew nothing of her history except she was old and said to be from St Ives.

I simply thought she looked interesting and that drawing her might improve my knowledge of drawing ships and boats; so I made it so.

I’ve always pushed my frontiers.

As things transpired, it turned out, this St Ives lugger, Barnabus‘ had been recently restored with funds from the Cadbury Trust when I drew and painted this scene way back around 1974.

Barnabus was then about 100 years old and at that time it was still very unusual to see an old small craft restored.

I thought she would make a good ‘drawing exercise’ so settled down to produce this study of Barnabus

I drew this picture probably in 1974 from life.

In NW Europe the lugger rig, cheap to make, requiring a relatively small crew to man, was used on vessels from 12 to 80 feet length overall.

Its simple appearance is deceptive, luggers were close winded and fast for their size.

Luggers were much favoured by fishermen, smugglers and pirates.

Little did I know then, very similar types of lugger have appeared in my acclaimed painting “HMS Pickle, The Trafalgar Messenger“, one of ‘The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection‘.

Another appears in the Pete Goss commission of his famous Cornish Lugger “Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean“.

Of the latter, Pete said he was much influenced by my “Roaring Forties” painted for Robin Knox- Johnston.

Pete Goss wrote to me saying, when got “Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean I made myself a cup of tea then lost myself in it for half and hour. It has everything except the unforgettable noise of the Southern Ocean. I certainly got the painting I’d hoped for“.

High praise from such a distinguished, experienced sailor; thank you Pete Goss.

Incidentally, “Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean” is available as a superb print on canvas, signed and numbered, standard size £157 inc P & P. from my web site.

The Cadbury Trust had paid to have one of the very last St Ives fishing luggers, ‘Barnabus’, fully restored.

A local story goes, in those days [not now], the ‘yotties’ at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club looked down their noses at old ‘Barnabus‘.

That was until crewed by 12 half ‘lubricated’ Cornishmen she out sailed in a breeze every yacht of her sizes a good few bigger ones.

A sense of pride was reborn.

The French have a fine variation, the ‘chasse marie’, usually 30 to 60 feet LOA plus bowsprit and known for the speed.

Big Chasse marie often have several masts and set tops’ls and t’gallants.

They are spectacular, powerful vessels.

For our none French speaking friends, the name translates as ‘Sea Hunter’

So, here’s a very early watercolour I made on location of ‘Barnabus‘.

I still have the study some where in an old folder…

To acquire this or commission a similar painting, a pleasure to own, a sound investment, you can purchase in easy stages.

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