“Trafalgar Dawn”

Off Cape Trafalgar Monday, 21st October, 06.05, this painting places you with the men on board H.M.S. Victory, Nelson’s flagship seeing the “Trafalgar Dawn”.

"“Trafalgar Dawn”", 122 x 30 cm (48" x 12"), Sold. Available as a print from our print page.

Available as a superb fine art print, on canvas for the look and feel of the real thing, signed, numbered, P&P included, £187 (about $240).

you are on board H.M.S. Victory, Nelson’s flagship, the view at 06.05, Monday 21st October 1805

Available from my Marine Art Prints , on canvas for the look and feel of an original, a superb signed, limited edition from this web site, the large version looks awesome !

This marine painting :

painted as described in diaries, letters and log books, “a forest of masts“.

all ships of the Combined Fleet in order of sailing, named in the margin sketch.

Very odd, while painting Trafalgar Dawn I had the distinct feeling that one day a group of visitors entered my studio, not to comment, simply to see what I was doing; they were old salts from the age of “the wooden walls of old England“.

I was awoken by the crew rushing on deck and by their cheering“.
This excitement was repeated on most of the other British ships.

Trafalgar Dawn places you  on board the flagship among the crew.

Detail from "Trafalgar Dawn" Click to enlarge images.

Beware, “Trafalgar Dawn“, this painting has an outstanding haunting ‘presence’.

‘Trafalgar Dawn’ is an historical document researched right down to the way ropes were twisted (rope laid or shroud laid) the men’s hairstyles and cloth.

This painting is reproduced in several authoritative books.

"Trafalgar Dawn" detail
“Trafalgar Dawn” detail

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Five minutes after this informal moment depicted, at 06.10, the British attack began in earnest with Nelson’s first signal of the day to his fleet.

By carefully examining the French and Spanish documents and by visiting the archives of those countries it was possible to establish the exact order of the ships on that horizon.

Trafalgar Dawn, the print :

For your enjoyment each name is reproduced under the appropriate ship on the Heritage prints we supply which you can order via this web site, from the Print Gallery on the menu.

This scene is based on eyewitness accounts, journals of men from both fleets, ship’s log books and sketches made at the time therefore the words of the men present at the time.

Marine painting at its best, if you don’t have a copy of “Trafalgar Dawn” then you are not a real collector of marine prints & paintings.

Trafalgar Dawn (as printed) with margin sketch
Trafalgar Dawn (as printed) with margin sketch

The movements of the men, their positions, body language, cloths & even hair styles result from very meticulous research, much assisted by Mr. P. Goodwin Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory and Dr. C. White head of the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth.

Victory and the ‘Official Artist’

As mentioned on my cv/ résumée  I was honoured to work as ‘Official Artist for HMS Victory, a very memorable adventure.

My paintings have been used to help raise funds towards the renovation to 1805 condition of HMS Victory, work supervised by the now legendary Mr. Peter Goodwin.

most original and memorable” :

Wrote Peter Goodwin, Curator and Keeper, HMS Victory, distinguished author, June 1996.

HMS Victory photographed by Gordon Frickers August 2007
HMS Victory photographed by Gordon Frickers August 2007

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