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Old 01-08-2014, 14:07
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Default Becalmed (HMS Victory) by Ivan Berryman


Becalmed - HMS Victory in the Doldrums by Ivan Berryman
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Two of Admiral Horatio Nelson's ships lie becalmed together, bathed in the soft glow of the setting sun. The 74-gun HMS Captain basks ahead of the mighty HMS Victory, the ship that would ultimately lead the British fleet into battle against the combined might of the Spanish and French fleets at Trafalgar in 1805.

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First class painting as always from Mr Berryman, you can almost hear the creak of the oars in the stillness.
I'm a bit puzzled by the title though. I always thought that 'becalmed' was when a sailing ship on a voyage was stopped by very light winds or no wind at all, in which case surely every last stitch of canvas would be set, and in some cases the ships boats would tow the vessel. This looks more like two ships at anchor with their sails in a 'harbour stow'
There are some excellent paintings by Thomas Somerscales of sailing ships in the Doldrums as well.

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A finely detailed picture, and just what we expect from Mr Berryman. However I feel it is a bit too perfect for my taste. I'd prefer the looser style of Jim's (Vegaskip) paintings. Also the size of Jim's pictures better suits my house.
Forgive me for being pedantic, but would a sailing ship in those days not have every stitch of canvas set in order to catch all possible little gusts of wind?
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The ships sails would not only be set but probably wetted down to catch any light airs that were about. Unless there in another ship off Victory's port quarter one wonders just where the ships boat is going. Both vessels look far too clean to have been at sea for long. Much prefer Jims portrayal of working vessels as just that, working and worn.

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I certainly couldn't fault the painting, nor indeed any of his other work. Every artist has their own style, his paintings show a clarity and precision difficult to achieve when you have to use old reference material, such as 19th/18th centuary engravings, ships plans etc.
My query was the title, which I feel does not fit the painting.
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