Nelson and Minerve

Nelson’s voyage from Gibraltar in the frigate HMS Minerve, 1796, demonstrates the best of  his character.


Nelson at Gibraltar
Nelson and ‘Minerve‘.

“Nelson at Gibraltar”, currently the most expensive painting on my websites, Nelson, two ships for the price of one !

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For his character Horatio Hornblower, the most famous of naval author’s C. S. Forester adapted an incident in his book “Hornblower and the Atropos” from Horatio Nelson’s voyage with  Minerve.

Nelson’s voyage in the ‘Minerve’ is overlooked by most authors, and yet a young Nelson significantly demonstrates his style and power of leadership during the voyage, an example to us all.


At present this painting is by ‘special arrangement’ with a friend of mine in Wiltshire, England.

Nelson’s significant voyage in the ‘Minerve’ has been ignored by most ‘Nelson’ authors.

This is surprising although it does demonstrate the tendency of authors to re write each other’s books.

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The Minerve voyage :

Nelson demonstrates his finest qualities, the now immortal Nelson,  a leader setting an excellent example.

This is Nelson as an example for all who would be leaders, to emulate.

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The painting :

Nelson and the ‘HMS Minerve‘; Gibraltar, 10th December 1796.

The  “Nelson and Trafalgar Series”, my inspiring brief from Victory 2005 Ltd on behalf or HMS Victory and the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth, is to show some of the lesser known but significant events in the story of Nelson and the Royal Navy.

Nelson about to board ‘Minerve‘, detail

‘Nelson and Minerve’ fits that brief perfectly.

Nelson’s transfer to the frigate HMS Minerve was the beginning of a special assignment, the voyage that consolidated Nelson’s name, made him and Admiral Sir John Jervis truly Internationally famous celebrities.

Yet most of the books on Nelson don’t mention Nelson’s crucial time on the frigate Minerve.

The painting has a richly detailed meticulously researched background which includes HMS Captain.

Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 1)
Nelson about to board ‘Minerve‘ (detail)

Here you have 2 Nelson ships for the price of one.

Nelson at Gibraltar (detail 2)
Nelson and ‘Minerve’ (detail including a zebec)

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The sketch that lead to "Nelson at Gibraltar".
The sketch drawn 19.02.1998, that lead to “Nelson at Gibraltar”.

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