Collection: The Nelson Collection - Geoff Hunt PPRSMA

Geoff Hunt's spectacular series of prints depicting some of Admiral Nelson's most famous commands. Five of the prints show HMS Victory in the dramatic build-up to the Battle of Trafalgar, including the moment of that most famous signal: England Expects that Every Man will do his Duty.

Nelson's flagship leads the British Squadron in pursuit of Admiral Villeneuve in Victory on the Atlantic Chase. Soon after, on 21st October 1805, the decisive moment approaches as Victory Races Temeraire for the Enemy Line...

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Finally, Victory Breaks the Enemy Line - one of the most exciting paintings of the Battle ever made - shows the climactic moment as Nelson drives her into the French and Spanish line, her sails already rent by the unreturnable fire she endured during the long approach, and prepares to fire a devastating broadside into the stern of the French flagship Bucentaure.

Two prints depict Nelson's favouriteHMS Agamemnon- in her 1795 battle with theCa Iraand a year later as his first flagship, at gunnery practice in the Mediterranean.

Subjects of the remaining prints in this superb collection are HMS Boreas, HMS Vanguard, and HMS Captain.

About Geoff Hunt

Geoff Hunt is one of the world’s finest painters of 18th and 19th-century ships. Through his research for paintings, he is a leading authority on naval history and ship architecture of the period and has a special interest in the ships and commands of Lord Nelson. Geoff is past-President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.

Geoff is well known for his depictions of naval scenes adorning the covers of Patrick O'Brian’s bestselling 'Aubery-Maturin' novels, a connection he began in 1988. He has also painted scenes from C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series and Julian Stockwin's Thomas Kydd series.  In a 2008 interview with Artist & Illustrators magazine, he asserted ‘I find ships awesome, fascinating, and slightly frightening.’

Geoff attended Kingston and Epsom Schools of Art, 1966–70, where he studied graphic design. Upon graduation, following a couple of years in advertising, he established himself as a freelance artist and designer, and was Art Editor for the popular Warship quarterly journal, from its inception in 1977 until 1979.

A wide selection of his work can be found in The Marine Art of Geoff Hunt (2004), published by Conway. Warships International Fleet Review found it ‘Spectacular and highly recommended.’ Famed for his attention to minute detail, Hunt once contacted ‘the Royal Observatory for the altitude and azimuth of the sun at a certain latitude and longitude at an exact moment in history’ to maintain the historical accuracy of one of his pieces.

In February 2007, he was asked by Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust to paint an artist’s reconstruction of Henry VIII’s infamous flagship. He accepted the commission, finally completing the painting in January 2009 after hours of extensive and meticulous research. His article recounting the experience can be found in the Shipwright 2010 annual.

Geoff Hunt's paintings illustrate The Frigate Surprise: The Design, Construction and Careers of Jack Aubrey’s Favourite Command (2008), which he co-authored with respected maritime historian, Brian Lavery. Aubrey’s creator Patrick O’Brian has proclaimed that ‘Geoff Hunt’s pictures, perfectly accurate in period and detail, but very far from merely representational, are often suffused with a light reminiscent of Canaletto.’

Befitting his muse, Hunt’s studio is situated on the site of Merton Place, Admiral Nelson’s house.