Nelson and Trafalgar Series

‘Nelson & Trafalgar’ paintings.

Paintings created to raise funds for HMS Victory’s renovation to her 1805 ‘Trafalgar’ condition.

The ‘Nelson and Trafalgar‘ paintings, yet to be exhibited in public; a glorious opportunity for a first class gallery, museum, agent and or investors.

Nelson's HMSPickle
I Have Urgent Dispatches

Hyperlink > “I Have Urgent Dispatches”

63 x 91  cm (28″ x 36″)

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I Have Urgent Dispatches , detail of signal 2214,

HMS Pickle, a detail from ‘I Have Urgent Dispatches’.

Nelson & and Trafalgar painting are still being created, a process started when I was ‘Official Artist’ to HMS Victory during the preparations for Trafalgar 200.

This unique privilege, a special permission enabled me to access normally inaccessible archives in England, France and Spain.

Completing soon, offers? Nelson’s Frigates.

53 x 91.5 cm (21″ x 36″), available offers considered in any currency !

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Trafalgar Dawn

Hyperlink > Nelson & Trafalgar Collection,
Trafalgar Dawn, HMS Victory, 06.05

30 x 121 cm (12″ x 48″), SOLD :

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trafalgar french print d

Hyperlink > Trafalgar Dawn, the French Perspective

30 x 121 cm (12″ x 48″),

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The Print :

Available as a fine art print from £ / € 167., this  haunting opposite perspective makes a splendid pair with ‘Trafalgar Dawn, HMS Victory, 06.05’.

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Nelson, Trafalgar,
HMS Pickle, a detail, ‘I Have Urgent Dispatches’, available as a fine art print on canvas from £167.
Hyperlink > HMS Racehorse , the young Nelson’s Arctic Voyage.

63 x 91  cm (28″ x 36″), available price on application

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A juvenile Horatio Nelson ‘blagged’ a place on the Royal Navy’s first and very carefully prepared Arctic expedition, an event that taught him much about leadership as described in “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage” by Peter Goodwin.

Fake news :

a British blunder caused Spain ally with Napoleonic France.

"The loss of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes", painting colours re worked 12.01.15
Hyperlink > “Treasure Ships, loss of a fortune with the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes

30 x 45 cm (12″ x 18″) available price on application

A little know, dramatic and very significant frigate sea fight.

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Behind this frigate action painting is ‘false intelligence’, espionage, misinformation, fake news, tragedy, news sent by the usually reliable British spies to London.

Nelson at Gibraltar
Hyperlink > Nelson and Minerve 

91.5 x 53 cm (21″ x 36″)

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Nelson boarded the frigate HMS Minerve to sail on a very remarkable voyage resulting in him becoming famous and his promotion to Admiral.

Hyperlink > Nelson & Trafalgar Collection, “Nelson’s Column

Available, 35 x 121 cm (14″ x 48″),

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HMS Victory
Hyperlink > “First Shots

30″ x 48″(76 x 1.22 cm),

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This painting was inspired by my distinguished college and friend, the Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory, author of 17 books, Mr. Peter Goodwin, discovered the Trafalgar Fore topsail.

From our excited discussions this painting evolved.

Death of Nelson
Hyperlink > Death of Nelson (scheduled for completion August 2018 ).

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Nelson had a considerable sense of destiny, knew Trafalgar would be the last really decisive naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars

The 64 pound Carronade
The 64 pound Carronade sold (incomplete)

762 x 1219 cm (30″ x 48″), available price on application

HMS Pickle
Hyperlink > HMS Pickle, first with the news 

30″ x 48″(76 x 1.22 cm), available price on application

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Hyperlink > “Word of Mouth“.

62 x 47.5 cm [24 1/2 x 18 3/4], available price on application

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This ‘Nelson and Trafalgar series :

was painted when and after I was honoured to be the only ‘Official Artist’ ever appointed to HMS Victory, 1993 to 1998.

My brief was :

“to paint some of the lesser known and yet interesting moments in the story of Nelson and Trafalgar”.

While producing this Trafalgar Collection I visited by appointment many places, archives and institutes in Britain, in France and Spain and out of yet more curiosity, Cape Trafalgar.

No other admiral has had anywhere near as many books written about his life and times Victory’s most famous Admiral, Horatio Nelson.

Reasons for this include Nelson was an idealistic, innovative, personally very brave man, an near ideal role model for aspiring young men and women.

Those reasons are reflected in this collection.

If you are looking for the very best in marine painting you have found it here.

One of my most widely know paintings with  good reason, this painting has appeared in books and various articles world wide, a popular print [from £167 inc P & P]   HMS Pickle achieved much including she famously carried the official Trafalgar Dispatch to England.

 

“Hermione” :

Nelson as a young sea officer saw considerable active service during the American War of Independence.

L'Hermione
Hyperlink > Hermione, frigate

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was the French frigate which transported General Lafayette to the aid of General Washington.

A superb replica is afloat today, built recently at Rochefort sur Mer.

 

Maidstone verses Lion
Hyperlink > Maidstone verses Lion privately commissioned.

SOLD

My original Nelson and Trafalgar brief :

my brief in 1993 was to ‘paint so of the less well known but interesting aspects of the stories of Nelson and HMS Victory’.

I became involved with HMS Victory when asked to paint my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’ which for any artist would represent an unrepeatable life experience.

"Nelson's Bright Yellow"
“Nelson’s Bright Yellow”   

The story behind and results from “Nelson’s Bright Yellow’ included some extraordinary discoveries that challenged established views regarding the appearance of Nelson’s ships.

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I had the great good fortune to have a letter of introduction from Commander Mike Cheshire, HMS Victory‘s Captain at that time.

That letter that opened many other doors, many rare old archives for me as widely dispersed as Liverpool and London in Britain, Brest and Paris in France, Madrid and Cadiz in Spain.

Situations change, a time that witnessed the production of this remarkable series is now its self part of the Nelson and Trafalgar story as is this painting and so you can be by becoming the owner of a painting or paintings in this remarkable series.

"Dockyard 400", painted on location
Hyperlink > “Dockyard 400”, (painted on location

50 x 76 cm (20″ x 30″),

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‘Dockyard 400’ was painted on location by special permission, while I was ‘Official Artist’ to HMS Victory.

Today HMS Victory :

is magnificently preserved at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, under new management alas not as magnificently as in 2007  as a part of the naval base and open to the public.

HMS Victory as photographed by Gordon Frickers, 2007
HMS Victory as photographed by Gordon Frickers, 2007

Nevertheless, to Visit HMS Victory is to have an experience you will never forget.

 

HMS Victory :

a ‘first rate ship of the line’, is the equivalent of only one castle surviving to our time.

By happy chance Victory was also one of the finest, fastest, most sea worthy and most distinguished First Rates ever built.

The battle of Trafalgar :

21 st October 1805 caused a key change in European politics anf history therefor in our world history.

The result of the battle of Trafalgar was to confine the world conquering ambitions of Napoleonic France to mainland Europe.

HMS Victory was the British Flag ship.

HMS Victory is iconic; the only surviving example of a type of 100 + gun war ship that was at one time the pride of the fleets of great nations, the First Rate Ship of the Line of Battle.

Official artist to HMS Victory :

I had access to leading experts and rarely see documents in Britain, France and Spain.

Those collections included British, French and Spanish ships of the Georgian and Napoleonic period, original documents, journals, letters and mementos.

Come, cheer up, my lads, ’tis to glory we steer“, the opening line of Hearts of Oak, anthem of the Royal Navy. We should be focused on you commissioning a painting or buying print, what the heck,  your pleasure the rest of the text is under ‘miscellaneous’ on this page.

This story is addressed briefly below and in more detail via the “Further reading”  a link appears after the last painting.

This “Trafalgar Collection”  results from a unique period when talents and time combined,  when I as official artist, had unrestricted access to HMS Victory, the full co operation of her Keeper and Curator Peter Goodwin, the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich London), the Royal Navy Museum.

 

Hyperlink to >Launch of the Lord Nelson<

25 x 35 cm (9¾” x 13¾”)

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The Jubilee Sailing Trust named their new ship built for able and disabled people after the most famous of disabled sailors.

I painted her launch on location as it happened.

 

For young people looking for role models, I would recommend they find [Amazon?] and read a copy of The Life of Nelson by the American author Captain A. T. Mahan [USN] written in 1897.
Mahan was an American naval officer and historian who was a highly influential exponent of sea power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

‘La Recouverance’ :

now here is an adventure for you ! This magnificent replica privateer schooner is today based at Brest and it is possible to sail on her.

Hyperlink > La Recouverance

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A typical French privateer of the period, the painting celebrates the superb replica built at Brest, launched 1996.

While producing :

this Trafalgar Collection I visited by appointment among other places in Britain, The Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum Liverpool and office of Sea Breezes magazine, Liverpool, The Liverpool Tate Gallery, The Naval Reference Library Plymouth, Devonport Royal Navy Dockyard, Portsmouth, The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, the Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth.

In France and Spain I visited the Brest and the San Sebastian Naval Bases, Brest Maritime Museum, the National Maritime Museums and military archives of France (Paris) and Spain (Madrid) and with French colleagues as you see here, Cadiz University and out of yet more curiosity, Cape Trafalgar.

 

Examining the water colours made at sea by order of King George III by the official marine artist Serres, Gordon Frickers with Guy Hannaford, in the UKHO.
Examining the water colours made at sea by order of King George III by the official marine artist Serres, Gordon Frickers with Guy Hannaford, in the UKHO.

An example of exceptional and meticulous research was Gordon’s visit to Her Majesty’s Hydrographic Office, Taunton.

A huge, secure government complex definitely not open to the public where for generations ‘Admiralty Charts’ have been and still are produced.

 

The Western Morning News, a typical 'Trafalgar' research story
The Western Morning News, a typical ‘Trafalgar’ research story.

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At Cape Trafalgar with Michele Huve & Nichole Poullaouec
At Cape Trafalgar with Michele Huve & Nichole Poullaouec

 

Hyperlink > Sailing into Legend [HMS Pickle 04.11.1805],

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Nelson today :

makes a splendid role model for young people.

Nelson lead an heroic life, with high moral standards so is justly considered Britain’s foremost naval hero even eclipsing great seamen like Francis Drake, Hawkins, George Anson and James Cook.

Nelson was a warm hearted fellow, considerate of others, tremendously brave [on the eve of Trafalgar he is quoted as saying “this will be my 106th action”].
He was much loved by many including the plain Jack Tars.
Tough real men many of whom openly blubbered when they learnt of his death.

 

A very big THANK YOU :

to one and all goes unreservedly for the good will and good humour of many people in Britain, France and Spain contributed to this amazing Trafalgar Collection.

I wish I could name you all and shake your hands again.

In particular I would like to thank my principal sponsors, Nick Varley, David Ellingham and John Mitchell, Mr. Peter Goodwin, Michele Huvé & the Brest Jumlarge, Lt Cmdr Mike Cheshire (Captain, HMS Victory) , the directors of Victory 2005 Ltd and M. & Mme Linquet of Brest.

With Peter Goodwin on Victory‘s quarterdeck

Peter Goodwin’s brief was to restore HMS Victory to her ‘Trafalgar Condition’ in readiness for the 2005 bi centenary of Trafalgar.

 

Trafalgar Project Background

 

Further Reading: < This is a hyperlink to an expanded introduction to this awesome series, enjoy.

 

 

Trafalgar remains important in that Britain was thereafter until World War Two the world dominant superpower.

“It is upon the Navy

under the Providence of God that the safety, honour and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend” :

from the Articles of War (1652) read weekly to all Royal Navy ships crews for 300 years.

As a collection these paintings have only been exhibited once, privately by Rochay Elite who created a “Trafalgar Soirée” (at The Army & Navy Club, St James, Pall Mall, London,  October 2016).

A very early connection with HMS Victory: SNR Victory visit 1988
An example of my early connection with HMS Victory: SNR Victory visit 1988

I was careful to view original documents and assess period paintings not just in Britain, in France and Spain too, visited many archives in Britain, France and Spain, even, just for the ‘ambience’, visited Cape Trafalgar with French colleagues.

I found in all three countries many experts very willing to help and some with astonishing views.

 

As an example, I was told with pride that Nelson had a girlfriend in Cadiz so regularly, discreetly visited.

That romance could be true during a pre Trafalgar period alas it was not in my brief to follow up.

I’ve numerous found facts more interesting, certainly more enlightening than the fictions that pose as Nelson and Trafalgar facts.

In the case of Nelson and Trafalgar I found the truth as revealed by original logs, diaries, letters, plans and charts more complex, more interesting and more to the credit of the men of all nations present than history likes to admit.

I found the French and Spanish behaved honourably, those engaged fought very bravely, behaved gallantly in defeat but never stood a chance against a decidedly superior British fleet with more advanced technology.

The British were very skilfully lead by Nelson and his captains, they too fought bravely and behaved impeccably.

 

Further Reading, ‘Nelson and Trafalgar’ collection

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