The renowned ‘Samuel Plimsoll’, an Aberdeen built clipper.
#Painting, a very rare miniature by Gordon Frickers measuring a petite 19.6 x 24.8 cm (7¾” x 9¾”), oils.
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About this painting :
Monsieur Gilbert Duval, deputy mayor of Théhillac, France, a friend with whom I share an interest in French wines, had recently acquired to renovate with gold leaf, a small, beautiful, antique frame hence the size of this painting.
Monsieur Duval is a retired artisan who used to own a foundry noted for superb brass casting
He had long admired my major painting then hanging on my salon wall, of “Plymouth, Emigration Depot” [available, £14,000].
By the way, something for Plymouthians to be proud of, Plymouth during the 19 th century was the most advanced, most popular, British migration depot.
Monsieur Duval was particularly moved by the atmospheric ‘harvest’ full moon rising over Jennycliff and Mount Batten with the ‘Samuel Plimsol’ moored on The Cattewater, ready for sea.
Thus Monsieur Duval asked me to paint this scene based on “Plymouth, Emigration“.
The ship Samuel Plimsoll was launched by the celebrated Mr. Samuel Plimsoll MP, known as “the sailor’s friend.
The clipper “Samuel Plimsoll” loaded migrants from the Plymouth depot, bound for South Australia and she annually sailed for 15 years, returning with wool.
Samuel Plimsoll was an iron clipper ship built by Hood of Aberdeen, Scotland of very similar lines as the famous Cutty Sark and Thermopylae.
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According to the Northern Star, 23.11.1898:
“One of the best known, as well as one of the fastest identified with the trade between the Old Country and Australia, the SAMUEL PLIMSOLL“.
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