Titanic Further

‘Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour”, the largest masterpiece, most prominent painting commissioned by White Star Line for the Titanic.

‘Titanic’, ask anyone to name a ship and almost certainly the first name they speak will be ‘Titanic’.

Titanic : “Plymouth Harbour” The painting

175 x 79.7 cm (60″ x 31 5/8″) same dimensions, same types of canvas and paint as the original painting lost with ‘Titanic’.

For Certain, I’ll never paint another of Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour”.

Only one of these very very near identical twins, ‘T 2’, is available, offers will be considered from of £15,000. 

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Titanic, Further Reading page :

The Wilkinson painting was to be symbolic, emotional, to show a port of arrival at the time of day the ship was scheduled to arrive.

“Plymouth Harbour” remains the largest and most prominent painting on board Titanic.
White Star Line chose this painting for the ‘First Class Smoking Room’.
Now meticulously reproduced by the distinguished team of author Tim Maltin and artist
Gordon Frickers,  for the first and only time, this is Your ‘Titanic’ investment opportunity of a lifetime.
Why two identical paintings?
The answer can be found in the texts following below, in the techniques demanded by these complex paintings.

Why Wilkinson :

Norman Wilkinson is still considered one of the elite, one of the very best marine painters of his age.

Today you can see examples of his painting in many leading museums including the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, London) and The Imperial War Museum (London).

He was personally known to the White Star Line directors and the captain of the Titanic.

Norman Wilkinson was to go on the enjoy an illustrious career as a marine painter including while serving as a Royal Navy officer during World War One, inventing ‘Dazzle Camouflage’.

This system is so successful the USA, France and Italy all requested he set up departments for them and variations of the system are sometimes used today.

Symbolic, emotional, technology :

The Wilkinson “Plymouth Harbour” painting was to be symbolic, emotional, to show a port (Plymouth, Devon) of arrival at the time of day (approximately 14.00) the ship was scheduled to arrive.

The painting suggests Man can overcome nature, his pride is Titanic… and it’s sentimental, too being rich with details showing Imperial Britain at work and play.

It’s about power and hope, optimism and pride, patriotism and progress, about technology protecting and projecting the British nation, proudof their long and culturally rich western heritage.

Titanic’s voyage :

was soon over, this painting sails on to become an addition to the brief life and long story of this world famous ship,  Titanic‘s story.

Titanic’s ‘Plymouth Harbour’

These two new Titanic paintings represent specialist knowledge and over 1,000 hours research and painting time by myself and the author of 3 books about Titanic, Mr. T. Maltin.

Several artists have previously attempted to reproduce this masterpiece, with rather limited success. The version for the most recent film was made by a very renowned painter Ken Marshall who was so dissatisfied that after the movie was complete, he burnt his version.

Titanic’s lost masterpiece commissioned by White Star Line is here meticulously replicating same size by Gordon Frickers.

Titanic's Plymouth Harbour
Studio, near finished ‘Plymouth Harbour’

Frickers studio, painting full size, exact to the last wave top and seagull even including Mr. Wilkinson’s over working and minor errors, as explained in my video.

Titanic Twins nearing completion 27.03.20

About the lost masterpiece of Titanic :

We are quietly confident this is the definitive version of the largest most prominent masterpiece lost with Titanic.

Olympic, Smoking room
‘Olympic’,  ‘Titanic’s sister ship, had a 1st Class Smoking room was nearly identical to Titanic, the main differences being one had red upholstey chairs, the other green and the mantlepiece paintings showed different subjects.
Titanic, top painting
Titanic : First Class Smoking Room
Titanic's lost master piece
‘Plymouth Harbour’,  progress, 26.11. 19 Titanic’s lost masterpiece nearing completion.
When she sank Titanic took with her “Plymouth Harbour”, a loss too for painter Norman Wilkinson and us, only a poor quality photocopy survives today of the masterpiece; until now.

You can acquire

this splendid masterpiece Plymouth Harbour“, meticulously researched, and with over 700 hours of painting to create the ultimate version of Titanic’s largest lost painting or you can commission a painting of this quality.

Contact Gordon Frickers or Tim Maltin.

Titanic, Plymouth Harbour
The Twins together 23.07.19

My challenge :

was to reproduce as accurately, faithfully as possible, this lost masterpiece.
What follows here is an insight into the story of a remarkable painting, meticulously researched, painstakingly reconstructed.
Mr. Maltin knew that to this challenge I was able to bring a remarkable array of suitable assests.
My education as a painter in England and France includes art history.
I also qualified as a photographer (Medway college of Art, now part of Kent University) so have a thorough understanding of the strength and weaknesses of photography, of visual communication in general.
Having studied paintings in all the major museums in London I was already familiar with the painting and career of Norman Wilkinson.
During my own unusual career I have become a trained seaman, sailor, ship and boat builder.
Equally advetagous is I know well the location, Plymouth, Devon, England having lived there and sailed those waters for over 25 years.

Mr. Tim Maltin :

is a charming and enthusiastic gentleman is arguably the leading expert on Titanic today, author of 3 Titanic books, so from Mr. Tim Maltin you can reasonably expect something very special to result.

He and I worked as a team with complimentary skills and knowledge.

Plymouth Harbour in situ
One “Plymouth Harbour” in it’s new home.

Our result has become known as ‘The Titanic Twins’, one is for Mr. Maltin’s home, the other for sale.

Titanic’s “Plymouth Harbour” painting

To discover more :

Why and how these ‘Titanic Twins’ are so very special, discover, enjoy the text below.

‘T 2″ of these identical  Titanic, “Plymouth Harbour” paintings is for sale.

“The Titanic Twins” these 2 paintings one of which is for sale are the most accurate interpretation meticulous research can make possible of the lost masterpiece commissioned for the Titanic by White Star Line  from the famous and distinguished painter Norman Wilkinson .

One of The Twins is for my client, one for a lucky collector.

They measure exactly as the original painting.

They are presented on the identical type of canvas, 79.5 x 172 cm (31 3/5″ x 68″), and painted with the same sort of English artist’s quality oil paints as the original.

This connection with ‘Titanic’ :

now continues on this page going into considerable detail about the painting; explore, profit, enjoy.

Keep in mind that of the original masterpiece lost with Titanic, the last photograph was lost by the makers of the last movie; only a rather pathetic photocopy survives; until now !

I’ve lived at Plymouth and sailed the waters for over 25 years including winning many races and cruising with my family so I remember, I know the colours, weather, currents, history, intimately.

I’m very familiar with Wilkinson’s work having seen many of the originals in London.

Mr. Maltin reasoned it’s unlikely any other artist knows the port of Plymouth and its numerous harbours better so Mr. Frickers is by far the most likely to get right as with the weather, light and colouring of Wilkinson’s original painting lost when Titanic sank.

To that we can add, I have a trained understanding of how photography and photocopies work and often distort images.

As for my painting skills I’ve trained in England and France, if you’ve not seen my originals, you can at least have a free introduction via my two web sites.

Does our T 2 painting have a price or is it priceless?

Of course it has a price !

We are open to offers, contact me by phone or email.

I’d most like this painting to go to someone or some place where it is really appreciated.

Fate and a challenge :

the story here is of a major painting in progress.
This is not a short story.
In the immortal words of the BBC’s program Listern With Mother, “Are you sitting comfortably? Yes? then we will begin.”
I happened by co-incidence to be heading in the general direction of Mr. Maltin when he phoned me.
Maybe chance, fate, my Guardian Angel or The Almighty lead me to my client’s home?

I was invited, enticed, to dinner and a fireside chat.

Tim Maltin is arguably the leading expert on Titanic.

Mr. Maltin realised that the Wilkinson painting was highly symbolic, emotional, the splendour of Imperial Britain at the height of its Edwardian power and virility, and their pride was ‘Titanic’ …

When first asked to make this painting I said “no”.

I flatly refused on several grounds.

Not least being I wouldn’t normally copy or reproduce another artist’ work.

Why would I want to paint such a well covered story?

Why copy when I can make an original painting, with a subject of my choosing?

Why accept the difficulties of reproducing the colours another artist had used, expecially so when my own colour vision has more in common with painters like Degas and Monet than artists with ‘normal’ colour vision ?

However this painting is a real challenge and Titanic is a ship name just about everyone on the planet knows.

After an amiable dinner and detailed conversation, by 05.00 in the morning and after sharing a bottle of fine vintage port, I’d found a new friend, fellow spirit; I surrendered.

But why two identical paintings?
The answer can be found in the techniques demanded by these complex paintings.
The two paintings are presented on canvases identical to that of the original painting lost with ‘Titanic‘  of which only a miserable photocopy survives …
The ‘spare’ Twin, T 2, is a one off investment opportunity for you.
One of the Twins is for my client who has become a friend and colleague, Tim Maltin.
The other ‘Twin’, T 2,  is for sale.

Price or priceless : 

We are open to offers, contact me by phone or email. 

Contact Gordon Frickers

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Looking for best in fine art investments?

You’ve found one here.

Purchase can be by special arrangement, including payment in easy instalments.

You may find this painting more affordable than you first guessed, but don’t hesitate, I’ll never paint another like Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour”.


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More about Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour“:

A very special timeless painting to give you pleasure every time you see it upon your wall, an excellent investment too.

Plymouth Harbour studio progress
My brief is to reproduce as accurately as possible, “down to the last wave top and sea gull“.

Presenting for discussion, the progress, at my client’s house

Plymouth Harbour progress
The painting I am seen here recreating as accurately as possible showed one of the ports of arrival on the Titanic’s schedule.
The original by the famous Norman Wilkinson was situated in pride of place in the Titanic’s First Class Smoking Room.
All that survives of the original is poor quality photocopy, not even a photograph.
Drawing exploring the values within the photocopy [for sale, offers from £100 + P&P]
Fortunately I am familiar with Wilkinson’s work from as far back as days when my parents took me to the great museums of London.
That still leaves a detective story for us as I endeavour to unravel from the photocopy, colours and details as faithfully as possible to the original painting.

The Wilkinson painting White Star Line commissioned was to be symbolic, emotional, to show a port of arrival at the time of day the ship was scheduled to arrive.

Titanic, Plymouth Harbour, tones 1 23.09.18

Man can overcome nature – his pride is Titanic… and it’s sentimental, too.

It’s about power and hope, optimism and pride, patriotism and progress, technology protecting and projecting our proud and long heritage.

Sunshine at 2 p.m. this also to suggest that Titanic will be as “reliable and clockwork” and arrive on time.

It’s the perfect summer’s day, pre-first-world war.

Man can overcome nature, his pride is Titanic … and it’s sentimental, too.

Wilkinson knew Plymouth well having been for a while stationed at the port so he painted his ships and background from notes and sketches he had accumulated from the area.

It is almost certain he had in mind no particular ship at all.

Rather ships to represent the latest class of cruisers and battleships and the pride of British technology and sea power.

They are emblems.

Similarly, the submarine, at the time very experimental technology, denotes sea power above and new, below the waves.

We know his style at this time was somewhat impressionistic – with a touch of fauvism in the sea!

His ‘Plymouth Harbour’ is certainly a colour dependant painting.

Of some of the details, my client wrote, “I think the ship behind the wall may be a dreadnought – it looks very wide?

Only one black and white photograph of the painting survived until a descendant of Norman Wilkinson generously loaned it the makers of the last Titanic film.

Unsurprising, they lost it.

What we do have is a photocopy.

Given there is nothing reliable to copy some ‘detective’ work, careful research, is needed.

This painting is not to be a copy of the original by Norman Wilkinson, that is an impossible”.

Photocopy … yuk !

These paintings represent our best researched, over 1,000 hours and painted meticulously right down to the last wave top and seagull, even a copy Norman Wilkinson’s signature.

The soul oddity is I include my own signature.

Titanic’s sister ship ‘Olympic’ carried similar themed paintings, same artist, one of which survives to this day.

Of her other sister, ‘Britannic’, I’m unsure so you tell me …

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You can acquire this splendid masterpiece :

Plymouth Harbour“, meticulously researched, nearly 700 hours of painting to create the ultimate version of Titanic’s largest lost painting or you can commission a painting of this quality.

Our advantages include :

*My client, author of 3 recent books on Titanic, is THE leading authority on this subject.

*Many years of my long training in England and France, specialising as a marine and landscape painter.

*Professionally trained, qualified photographer therefore well aware of what a photograph or photocopy does and does not reveal,

*Familiarity with the work of the famous Norman Wilkinson RNR.

*An intimate knowledge of Plymouth Harbour, it’s weather, shipping movements, history and its currents based on over 25 years of sailing those waters including winning numerous races.

*Knowledge of the history of Art including materials used during various ages.

* We have the exact dimensions, the artist’s style at that period in his life; I have identified the type of canvas and paint he used and I have found a source of supply.

*My client has stated he considers I’m the best marine artist alive today.

Of course there is no ‘best’, only excellent, very good and so on, still, you can easily guess what such sincere flattery does for my morale !

Wilkinson’s famous Dazzle Camouflage :

Dazzle Camouflage
Dazzle Camouflage



‘Dazzle’ camouflage  was developed and designed by the marine artist Norman Wilkinson while serving as an officer in the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Dazzle camouflage
Olympic, one of the sister ships of Titanic.

There is a brief introduction to this subject on my blog ‘Dazzle?

Wilkinson’s work which included ‘inventing’ and developing Dazzle Camouflage for the Royal Navy, later gifted at the request of their governments, to the French, Italians and USN.

Dazzle camouflage is still sometimes used today although I see it’s employers don’t usually properly understand the principles that made Wilkinson’s work such a success.

Norman Wilkinson
Dazzle Camouflage studio

Meanwhile, if you think I can help you in any way don’t hesitate to ask.

Contact Gordon Frickers

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Once in a lifetime is enough …!
My studio turned ‘Titanic’,  rare sight.

The two Titanic, “Plymouth Harbour” paintings after Norman Wilkinson, very Plymouth.
Tim Maltin and we know he would have used strong somewhat ‘Fauve’ style colours.

That particular style of colouring was fashionable during the Edwardian period and shows in many of the other examples of paintings by Norman Wilkinson as made at that time in his development as a painter.

I play with each painting, trying colour combinations. 
This technique [schhh, artist secret…] which I’ve occasionally used before, enables me to experiment freely, without concern, with the colours and forms.

Titanic’s “Plymouth Harbour” painting


Why Two explained :

When one looks best I used the same colours on the other so they will be very similar, “down to the last wave top and seagull” my client demanded.

Titanic, Plymouth Harbour, progress 08.03.19


Page Update 14.04.2019

Titanic Twins progress 18.03.19


T,PH 2 Progress 06.04.19


Someone is going to be very lucky.


You can acquire this splendid masterpiece Plymouth Harbour“, meticulously researched by author Tim Maltin assisted by myself, with over 650 hours of painting to create the ultimate version of Titanic’s largest lost painting or you can commission a painting of this quality.

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