Plymouth Emigration Depot

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Emigrants left Britain in large numbers to build a new life.

An original marine painting, a preliminary study, by Gordon Frickers measuring 38 x 63 cm (15″ x 25″), oils, £1,500 or buy with €, U S $.

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This extensively researched port painting show you a lost history and yet one Plymouth should celebrate, be proud of.

This marine painting was produced as a working sketch, a study, a part of the development of the full on painting “Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater (available as a signed numbered Heritage print from £167.00)

Most of the research was carried out in Plymouth with the help of Bob Brennan and thanks to the world class but now disbanded Plymouth Naval Reference Library, now reduced to being part of Plymouth Central Library.

Sketches were made from several view points before proceeding with the two paintings.

 

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Detail from Plymouth Emigration Depot   Detail from Plymouth Emigration Depot   Detail from Plymouth Emigration Depot

The purpose of this study was the help establish the tonal and colour values for the ‘full on’ Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater.

Emigration and Plymouth

Plymouth was already famous as the departure point of Mayflower with the Pilgrim Fathers.
During the 19th century Plymouth became the 3rd busiest point of departure.

Aside from the geographic advantage and the coming of railways, Plymouth offered a custom build depot highly organised to government specification, clean and including banking and medical attention.
Even better, trains were met so people from all over the British Isles knew that unlike in London and Liverpool they would not be robbed at Plymouth.

 

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Port research

Credit where it is due: My particular thanks to Bob Brennan for tireless research and encouragement, to David Folley for the use of his facilities, Captain Tim Charlesworth of / and the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, Ian Criddle of Plymouth Naval Reference Library, Nigel Overton Heritage Officer of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Alan Collie in New Zealand who provided information unknown in Plymouth from the 1884 WESTERN FIGARO newspaper including drawings, David Meale who’s ancestor Richard James Stead who emigrated in the Samuel Plimsoll and kept a diary which includes a drama, a collision at sea during the voyage; and by no means least, to the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

All helped enormously and willingly, giving authority to this magnificent painting “Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater“.

 

 

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