The Flying Scotsman and “a brutal critique yes,” from Mike Jeffries

The Flying Scotsman has as a result of Mike Jeffries comments had a  a re appraisal of the painting and some re working, specific replies to points raised listed below and may be of wider interest to artists.Flying_Scot__11.05.10_IMG_7451_bd.jpg
The remarks have also underlined a serious problem I have here at Itzac; the studio space is tooooo small for paintings over 16” x 20”.
I need a larger studio ASAP but where, anyone want an artist in residence?

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Last Buccaneer


George Anson’s squadron, a maritime paintings and brief summary of Anson’s amazing circumnavigation.

George Anson
The Last Buccaneers, 50 x 81 cm  (20″ x 32″), sold via A E Dutton & Sons Gallery of Chester.

George Anson’s squadron

Anson was sometimes described as “the last buccaneer” however he was not a pirate.

If you like reading and fancy reading a true story that is almost unbelievable, way beyond anything Hollywood could produce, try ‘Log of the Centurion’ by Leo Heaps.

I research the voyage including being given permission to photograph the superb model of HMS Centurion at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, and made 3 paintings back in the 1980’s.

The paintings long since sold and a summery of the story are on my website under ‘warships’, take a look and enjoy .


Pirates attack any ship regardless of nationality and follow no laws.

Anson only attacked enemies during wartime.

Anson and his men behaved as an exemplary Royal Navy seamen should.

Often during wars, private ships, ‘privateers’, were issued a commission to attack enemies as the Americans did on many occasions. Mostly merchant ships were the preferred prey, victims of privateers.

The French speak of corsairs with a ‘lettre de marque’ and so on with other nations.

Fortunes were sometimes made for example by Surcoff sailing out of Saint Marlo, France.

The Last Buccaneer

Unusual for a living artist Gordon Frickers has produced paintings that have already become world famous so if you are looking for the new masters of the 21st century, you have found one here.

HMS Centurion, Anson’s Centurion

HMS Centurion was a 4th 60 gun ship of the line launched at Portsmouth in 1732, Centurion  commissioned in 1734. 

Centurion served in the Home Fleet and took part in the expedition to Lisbon by Sir John Norris. 

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