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R.M.S. Titanic.

R.M.S. Titanic. The White Star Line ship,  tragic and thanks to Hollywood romantic, a liner that does not need introduction,
RMS Titanic the painting as shown here was completed today and aims for the feeling of this magnificent ship.  Titanic_1_E_IMG_3025_d.JPG
RMS Titanic has been painted -16″ x 24″ oil on board, this picture becomes another small part of the history of RMS Titanic,
There is much on the Internet about the renowned and romantic White Star Liner Titanic we are forgoing our usual ‘further reading section’.
Probably the most interesting sources are the Titanic Societies.
Painted for a gallery in England to be priced at £950 unless some one makes us an offer we can’t refuse.
Your chance here to own a link with RMS Titanic for your home or office?

This new version of the renowned pride of the White Star Line RMS Titanic has been painted -16″ x 24″ oil on canvas faced board.
Also available soon as a signed number edition, e mail us now to be sure of obtaining a copy, price £157.00 each.
The following correspondance is some food for thought and  reveals much about this painting.

Morning Gordon,

I was liaising with Gillie about meeting up in April when you are back over here, but this stunning painting arrives.

There’s a danger that the shipping media over-doses on Titanic this year – I have several books on my desk, so I’m focusing on April.

What are you planning to do with the painting?

What are the dimensions of the canvas?

What are your emotions now you have completed the work?


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As always with you some good questions!

Personally I’d rather not have painted her.

My intention is to have the original sold quickly and if there is a demand issue signed numbered prints.

I painted her in colours and in a way I felt appropriate to her grandeur and demise.
As you know there are a lot of Titanic paintings so part of the challenge I sent myself was to find a ‘different’ solution.

I decided to paint from the heart, emotionally rather than for exact historical accuracy for which I am known.

I built a model as an aid to perspective and detail and as usual researched at least some Titanic‘s history looking for a time and place to show her.

I had in mind her last morning afloat.

How do I now feel about the picture and the ship?

I have had to accept she remains a very big interest story.

Painting Titanic gave me a new and deeper appreciation of her.

At first I though Titanic compared for example to Mauretania, quite an ugly ship.

I still have the feeling she was built to price not to quality.

A feeling she was an accountants ship and that accountancy drove her to her doom.

Penny pinching of incompetence re the bulkheads, a relatively angular boxy shape, and driven at a suicidal speed when she never had a chance going to take the Blue Ribband from Mauretania because she was not built to be that fast.

However working with her for many hours I came to appreciate her lines and grandeur.

Titanic was such a tragic ship, such a tragic waste and her loss so unnecessary.

However she is a very big story whether we like it or not and since the movie viewed by many, women in particular as a romantic ship.

However I do like working on subjects that are influential in our society.

I think there are other more significant disasters however this is one ship name almost everyone I speak with has heard of.

I think there was no excuse for building her with half height collision bulkheads and far to few life boats and rafts.

As you know, Cunard had already built with full collision bulkheads by that date so awareness was there…

Had she sunk in rough weather there would have been very few survivors however give there were over 1000 and they landed in New York I suppose we should not be surprised by the still growing hype over her loss.

There should have been a criminal prosecution.


Fascinating: a ship built by accountants; it gives a whole new angle to the idea that human error lies behind 80% of accidents.

Ismay driving her forward, Smith at the wheel, but pinstripes signing the cheques.

I don’t think that comes across in the movie.

I felt last summer that you get emotionally involved in your subjects.

These aren’t ships or scenes, they are really sentient beings that speak to you.

I’m sure that’s the difference between a painting and a photo.

However, I recall standing on a station platform a couple of years ago with one of the other editors talking about my photos, and she made the comment that this particular picture means something to me that it doesn’t to anyone else. So even photography is a subjective art, like music and painting.

You also talked about capturing the ‘actual’ colour, not the perceived colour – and this depiction of Titanic at dawn is full of colours that are not seen by casual observers.

Sadly the tragedy of Titanic is that we have ignored the failings at so many levels because it has become a romantic story of love and loss.

I wonder if they feel the same about Costa Concordia.

The phrase ‘deckchairs on the Titanic’ is very apt, even today.


If I didn’t know better, I would have said the fourth funnel on your painting was emitting smoke.

As it was just for show, perhaps the smoke from the third funnel has been caught in an up-draught from the fourth.

Luckily you know better!

~ Astute of you though, the majority of Titanic paintings do have that mistake. ~

If you look closely you will be hugely relieved to find no smoke from the fourth funnel however with the ship at full ahead I respectfully suggest the smoke is likely to blow past the 4th funnel. Where else could it go?

I have not shown Titanic belching smoke because she already has speed up.

If I recall correctly the old coal fired ships made little smoke once the furnaces were up to full blast and could be trimmed to make almost no smoke.

I have a photo of Mauretania making a huge amount of smoke.

My guess based on the shape of the hills in the back ground is the picture was taken as Mauretania was leaving Queenstown (Cobh) and accelerating hard.

The photo also shows an enormous prop wash so again I guess the Captain had called for full boot down.

There is a painting of the beautiful Mauretania when new making her maiden departure from Liverpool, on my web site http://frickers.co.uk/marine-art/mauretania.html

The original long since sold however I do have a few prints left.

Lots of smoke, all 4 funnels, great fun!

I worked in part for one of the Engineering series of books. I still have my copy.

I don’t have a similar book on Titanic. My birthday is 25th of May…

Should I have made Titanic‘s smoke more obvious, after all we are telling a story here?

Have I talked my way out of that???

Perfectly, I’m relieved to say.