B I Sunday

B I Sunday, a unique event, in the story of what was the world’s largest shipping company, the British India Steam Navigation Company.

Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa
Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa

‘B I Sunday’, marine painting by Gordon Frickers, 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), commissioned. by J. Leeson & son.

Kenya“, sister of ‘Uganda‘, maiden arrival, Mombasa, one of ‘British India Steam Navigation Company’ ships.

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Can confirm safe and good receipt of the fine print of BI Sunday painting.  It looks fabulous”  Captain Lyndon Johnson, 20.04.2018.

 

B I Sunday, a unique event, and the story of the development of this fine painting, the entire port, every berth taken by ships of the same company, the British India Steam Navigation Company.

 

Further reading:

Background history, images and the development of this painting below and via this link.

This is a very unusual page, it allows you to see the steady progress from modest beginning of this impressive painting, explore, enjoy “B I Sunday” and the other British India Steam Navigation Company ship paintings on this web site.

 

 

'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, B I Sunday

Kenya‘ served the British India Steam Navigation Company faithfully for many years.

Kenya was the very successful Sister to the more famous ‘Uganda‘.

The ships differed slightly, the most obvious difference was, following experience with ‘Kenya‘, ‘Uganda‘ was given a noticeably larger funnel.

 

Uganda served the same route as Kenya before she became an school educational cruise ship operated in the Mediterranean and eventually the Falklands war Hospital ship after which she was laid up at Falmouth, Cornwall then sold for breaking.

 

'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 1
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 1
'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 2
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 2

 

B I Sunday 15.08.16
B I Sunday 15.08.16

A year in production, from from first research to completed.

Bit of a giggle to share with you, a comment received today (16.08.16) via email from a happy client for whom I’ve just completed “B I Sunday”.

There is more than a stroke of “luck” in Mr Frickers brush !!” : John Leeson.

 

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 2 15.08.16
B I Sunday (3) detail 2 15.08.16

I think and feel that yet again our patience and the last 1/2 % of effort, refining outlines and details, highlighting dried colours and so on, made a significant difference.

 

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 3 15.08.16
B I Sunday (4) detail 3 15.08.16

“Kenya”, maiden arrival, Mombasa.

I am very fortunate to have with this B I Sunday painting, a client who has confidence in me and understands, good painting takes time and great painting takes longer.

 

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 4 15.08.16
B I Sunday (5) detail 4 15.08.16

Our choice of subject here will never be ‘dramatic’ however the painting is impressive and the more one looks at it the more amazing it seems, light, colour, textures, movement, the balance of illusion of details, even down to the engine and trucks and little yellow Scammel horse on the wharf.

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 5 15.08.16
B I Sunday (6) detail 5 15.08.16

You will probably be seeing the detail images larger than life and as always with the Internet, the colours you see will depend on your screen.

 

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 6 15.08.16
B I Sunday (2) detail 6 15.08.16

If you like the painting as see here, you will assuredly find the original has much more ‘presence’; enjoy.

 

B I Sunday (2) detail 7 15.08.16
B I Sunday (7) detail 7 15.08.16
B I Sunday (2) detail 1 15.08.16
B I Sunday (8) detail 1 15.08.16

 

The British India Steam Navigation Company :

a company that had quietly, unassumingly became at one time the largest merchant navy fleet in the world, a company hugely popular with customers, crew and officers, a company of unsung heroes to borrow a phrase from them, who ‘did their bit‘ in peace and war, laboured long and hard to build the world that benefits us today.

 

The Painting:

This fine marine painting, oils on canvas, measures a healthy 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″).

Commissioned by the son of a B I Captain, it was developed from 2 not very promising, rather dull but never the less historic photos taken on the day.

Our scene is set on the 16th September 1951, Kilindini Port, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

My client generously wrote on the 11.04.2016, “Gordon to say the painting has passed our expectations is truly an understatement.

It is an outstanding painting celebrating a wonderful shipping company, who worked with a  very rich country in so many ways, BI laid the foundations for Smith Mackenzie and African Marine who have truly grown since 16th September 1951.
B I Sunday (detail 1) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 8) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 2) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 2) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 3) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 3) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 4) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 4) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 5) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 5) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 6) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 6) 10.04.16

 

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B I Sunday progress (3) 05.04.16
B I Sunday, progress (3) 05.04.16

 

Background:

The port of Kilindini, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa, was full with ships of the same company,

A case for celebration by the crews that day and remembered further afield.

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Here you see 16th September 1951 the Kilindini Port, Mombasa, Kenya.”

B I Sunday” has probably uniquely, all wharves were occupied by ships of the same company, The British India Steam Navigation Company.

The British India Steam Navigation Company founded in 1858 to become the largest shipping company in the world.

A much loved company, by officers, crews, shipping agents and passengers, still fondly remembered.

 

 

Historical reconstruction :

is a specialty of mine.

The sketches  attached here, 7 and 8 b represent a lot a combined effort, of thought, analysis, some detective work and insight and part of the long voyage to completion. 

B I Sunday Sketch 7
B I Sunday Sketch 7

 

A rare experience, seeing the development of a complex marine painting.

B I Sunday sketch 8 b
B I Sunday sketch 8 b

 

Available in a very small limited edition as a fine art print from £/€ 167 inc p&p.

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Continue reading or discover the BI Sunday Sketches page which includes Further Reading

 

Contact me

Email: info at frickers.co.uk

T : Mobile 00 33 (0) 6 10 66 19 26

or Whatsapp / Facebook Messenger ‘gordonfrickers’

Roll of honour:

Many good people helped with the research for this complex painting, my sincere thanks to you all.

Outstanding among them were John Leeson and in Kenya, Abdul Rahim Abubakar

Other sources :

The P & O archive.

The Admiralty Hydrographic Office, Taunton (charts)

“Merchant Fleets, British India S.N.Co” by Duncan Haws (1987), ISBN 0 946378 07 X

“B. I. The British India Steam Navigation Company Limited” by W.A. Laxon & F. W. Perry (1994), ISBN  0 905617 65 7

Various web sites.

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