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Graham the pipe



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Maybe it's just me but I'm afraid I find the subject and choice of descriptive detail is not to my liking.

'Titanic pictured approaching pier 59 April 17th 1912'.

Artist James A Flood.

Will await SN comment with extreme interest ~ particularly yours SJC.
· Date: Wed, 7 August 19 · Views: 367
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Keywords: Titanic @ NY 17th April 1912
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ssflandre
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Wed, 7 August 19 14:29

My reaction to the painting is 'If only...".

There are plenty of excellent photos of OLYMPIC's maiden arrival at New York in 1911 (including some razor-sharp shots that include the outbound LUSITANIA as well), so it's hardly a stretch to imagine what TITANIC's gala reception would have looked like. If only...
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eddyw
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Wed, 7 August 19 15:31

Well, it might have been like the painting though perhaps on the 18th. If only Capt Smith had received and heeded Captain Lord's ice warning and like that prudent mariner stopped his ship until daylight instead of recklessly charging at full speed into the ice field......
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Waltonian
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Wed, 7 August 19 16:55

The painting from an art point of view is excellent Pure fantasy and to me not distasteful. I recall that Ken Marschal , many years ago produced something along those lines with Titanic arriving past the Statue of Liberty.
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Stephen J. Card

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Wed, 7 August 19 18:26

All above!

Ever meet James Flood? Ex US Navy Quartermaster. Bigger than life... especially with his 1920 suits... monocle, spats etc. I met him July 1995 in Miami. I was heading off for a cruise and he had a metting with Carnival and someone in the office said we should have a chat. Well, it started at the hotel. Quiet beer or two... or so I thought. A great time about his paintings. Another gentleman at the bar was a IS Immigration. Well, it went right up to 3am. Completely trashed. Next day I went to Jim's house/studio. Nice little pace on some backwater where he kept his little sloop. Unfortunately I have never met him since. I don't think I could handle the grog that way any more.

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Stephen J. Card

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Wed, 7 August 19 18:44

JAMES FLOOD Marine Artist

Born in Philadelphia, PA, on the 4th of July, 1944, Jim Flood grew up not far from the docks of Philadelphia. His passion for ships dates back to his first memories, and from the beginning he pursued his dream to surround himself with models and images of ships. By the time he was a young teen he had built a large fleet of fully ballasted ship models. At the age of fifteen he obtained plans for the USS Pennsylvania from the National Archives and initiated the 4 ft model that now resides as a centerpiece in his home. In 2007, Jim was commissioned to scratch build a six-foot model of USS Oklahoma, now on display at the Wall of Honor Museum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Today Jim's paintings can be viewed throughout the world in galleries, museums, ships, private collections, books and magazines. Some of his earliest displayed works appear on board USS New Jersey (permanently berthed in Candem, NJ), where Jim served as Quartermaster during the Vietnam era. In April of 2012, Jim sailed on board ms Balmoral for her Titanic Memorial Cruise Southampton - Cobh - Halifax - New York. During the voyage he executed a painting of RMS Titanic at Sea. Passengers would pass by his work station in the Atrium as he painted. Jim still lives to be on water, and can often be found touring the waterways of South Florida in his hand-built turn-of-the-century (1900) style launch, Duchess. His former vessel, Royal Charles, a 24 ft Charles II royal yacht replica, is currently undergoing renovation by her new owner, Fred Banke. Lifetime endeavors, these signature vessels are testimony to Jim's devoted romance with ships and sea.
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Graham the pipe

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Thu, 8 August 19 01:35

Thank you for all your comments gentlemen ~ particularly yours Stephen ~ and i was right in my supposition that you 'just might' know this fellow, multi talented and knowledgeable marine artist.

Having ~ quite deliberately ~ thrown down a subject for adult discussion I can now say that in no way am I criticising the excellence of artistry, simply the 'supposed scene and content'.
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Freddy01
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Thu, 8 August 19 05:04

If … he had stopped his ship until daylight instead of recklessly charging at full speed into the ice field …. I agree …but I’m not sure that captain Edward J. Smith was really the Next After God on board. I think it was Joseph B. Ismay, the commanding (and financial) boss, motivated by the Blue Riband to be flown in N.Y.
But of course, this has nothing to see with Art !
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blausioux

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Thu, 8 August 19 05:43

James Flood, he had for a long time his own place in the Maritime Painting Community. All his paintings have a little bit a LSD-feeling in the colourfulness. That makes him unique. The strong colors are his first intention, not the absolute historical correctness. In this Titanic portrait, for example, he painted the masts in the same color as the funnels. That's wrong, but not his interest. First the game with the colors then everything else.
He is rael unique.

Emil

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Fri, 9 August 19 07:41

I am just surprised the artist did not include the World Trade Centre in the background.
No point in just offending some of the people some of the time
Better to offend all the people all of the time.
(Abraham Lincoln said that)

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Graham the pipe

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Sat, 10 August 19 02:25

Think the words are 'Artistic Licence' Chris but maybe I should just 'Ask the audience' or 'Phone a friend'.
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