Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”

The first solo nonstop circumnavigation, “Suhaili” & Robin Knox-Johnston, 16 December 1968, deep in “Roaring Forties”, The Great Southern Ocean.

"Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”", a marine painting by Gordon Frickers, 122 x 76 cm (48" x 30"), commissioned and owned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson. Available as a print from our print page.

Today “Roaring Forties” is one of Robin’s most treasured possessions.

“Our efforts with the painting were highly successful”: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

The Print:

reproduced using inks the manufacturer guarantees under normal circumstances for 70 years plus, created with master printer Alan Tooze of Plymouth.

By Credit card via Paypal, order a copy of this famous painting “Roaring Forties” signed by this living legend, from my web site page Marine Print Gallery

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Standard size print of “Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”
image size: 50 x 34 cm (19½” x 13½”)

Signed print £187  
Signed print with Remarque £267 
Large size print of “Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”
image size: 73 x 49 cm (28½” x 19½”)

Signed print £307 
Signed print with Remarque £387

The standard (£167) is impressive, the large (£307) is awesome…

Robin wrote to me, “I would love another Frickers painting” and went on to order two more, “The Clipper Way” and one of his first ship, “Dumra departing Bombay“.

Available co signed by Robin Knox-Johnson, on canvas for the look and feel of the real thing, as a signed limited edition print from £167 inc postage.

“Iconic” wrote Dick Durham when Editor, Yachting Monthly.

Roaring Forties, the original and as a fine art print.

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Frickers painting are the choice of many distinguished individuals including Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and famous companies as explained by my unusual resumée.

Robin Knox-Johnston’s letter

Robin Knox-Johnston wrote this in a letter to me a few months after our first meeting.

Sue and I have an idea, impossible to photograph, could you paint this? I saw this grey beard approaching. It wasn’t the biggest, it looked dangerous. I leapt into the rigging to avoid being swept away . For a brief inglorious moment there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles.

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You can discover how this painting was conceived and created by following the ‘Further Reading’ link further down this page.

The original Roaring Forties was commissioned by  Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his wife Sue for his 50th birthday. Marine Art by Gordon Frickers.

Many distinguished people and renowned companies have chosen Frickers paintings as you can discover by reading my illustrated résumée.

Gordon Frickers is the only marine artist whose paintings have been honoured by invitation to exhibit in the European Parliament, a one man show of 35 including a large framed print of “Roaring Forties” (May 2011) as well as exhibitions in other prestigious venues in Britain and Europe.

Roaring Forties detail

On an average size computer screen this details appears several time life size which in a way makes it all the more interesting.

Detail from Robin Knox-Johnston, "Roaring Forties"
Detail from Robin Knox-Johnston, "Roaring Forties"

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The Iconic “Roaring Forties“, few paintings more clearly illustrate the power of the sea…and man“, Dick Durham, Editor, Yachting Monthly.

In similar vein Pete Goss MBE, Legion d’Honneur, after he commissioned “Spirit of Mystery” wrote : “I did not know what I wanted.

For many years I’d admired “Roaring Forties” so when the chance came to work with you I grabbed it.

I got exactly the painting I’d hoped for“.

Today this non stop solo circumnavigation gruelling endurance test of man and boat is known as “The Golden Globe Race”.

The  [GGR18 NEWS] is about sailing using similar boats and equipment, and proving every bit as tough and dramatic as the original race.

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