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The following links are warmly recommended by Robin Brooks - Marine Painter
Britannia Naval Research Associationwww.britannia-naval-research association.org
The Nelson SocietyA must for anyone interested in the Napoleonic Wars, Lord Nelson and the Georgian sailing navy. The Society publishes a quarterly journal which is packed with a wide variety of subject matter. They also publish occasional books.
The 1805 ClubLike its sister organisation, The Nelson Society, the 1805 Club caters for all those interested in the Napoleonic Wars, Lord Nelson and the Georgian sailing navy, but it also has the added bonus of carrying out restoration projects to tombs and monuments relating to Lord Nelson and seafaring people of the Georgian Era.
The Captain Cook SocietyThis society offers a wonderful resource to all those who are interested in the voyages, life and times of Captain James Cook.
Society for Nautical ResearchFounded in London in 1910 to foster the study of ships and seafaring throughout all ages and in all seas. Publishes the quarterly journal The Mariner's Mirror
Roy and Lesley AdkinsAuthors - a unique husband and wife team, who specialise in archaeological and historical subjects. Recent books have included Trafalgar: the Biography of a Battle, which is published in paperback in hte UK and in the US, where it has the title Nelson's Trafalgar. Their latest book, The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo, has just been published in hardback in the UK.
An excellent website.
Richard Hunter, Figurehead HistorianWorld class figurehead resource.
Heinrich Siemers HMS Victory Websitewww.hmsvictory.de
The National Maritime MuseumThere is little I can say about this, as it is so well known as a wonderful resource for artists, historians, model shipwrights, etc.
Pitt Rivers Museum - OxfordAn important collection of artefacts relating to Captain Cook.
The Captain Cook Museum - Whitby, YorkshireThis unique museum is situated in Grape Lane, Whitby. The museum was formerly John Walker's house, James Cook's mentor and friend. The museum holds a unique collection of items related to Captain Cook and his voyages, set out in a sympathetic and personal manner. It also holds the most impressive model of the Resolution made by the South African model shipwright, Bob Lightly.
The Nelson Birthplace Museum - Norfolkwww.nelson-museum.co.uk
Musée de la Marine - FranceHousing a collection from France's maritime past.
Musée de la Marine - RochefortA superb museum of France's marine heritage. It houses the capstone of the 74 gun Duguay-Trouin, captured shortly after Trafalgar. She became the British Implacable, which survived until 1947, and then was scuttled under British and French colours in the Channel.
Link from www.musee-marine.fr
Brixham MuseumAmongst other things relating to the town, holds an interesting collection of sailing trawler models and photographs relating to their heyday.
Historic Ships and Replicas
The Victory Shopwww.victoryshop.co.uk
Endeavour ReplicaThe Endeavour Replica is one of the world's great reproduction ships. It entirely and successfully recreates the presence of the original ship. Through her world tours, she has made the experience of sailing in a small 18th century square rigger available to many.
British Antarctic SurveyThis organisation supports the British effort in the Antarctic. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council. Based in Cambridge, UK, it has for almost 60 years undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on or around the Antarctic continent.
Scott Polar Research InstituteBased in Cambridge, a wonderful museum and resource. SPRI is a well known and long established centre for research in both polar regions. It is part of the University of Cambridge.
Naval and Seafaring Organisations
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Associations (SSAFA)This organisation helps to provide full community health and social services for service people, families, dependents and support staff. 7,000 volunteers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland provide help for the service and ex-service community.
The Trinity Sailing TrustAssists the personal development of disadvantaged and disabled young people, through off shore sailing on traditional vessels. Also restores and preserves its vessels as important examples of our maritime heritage. The Trust is based in South Devon UK and currently operates three vessels - the former Brixham sailing trawlers Leader and Provident, and the gaff cutter Golden Vanity. www.trinitysailingtrust.org
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouthwww.royal-navy.mod.uk
Exeter FlotillaPlease visit our website at http://www.exeterflotilla.org
Classic BoatA superbly produced colour magazine dealing mostly with classic yachts, but also including various other nautical subjects. A four page article was published about Robin's paintings in November 1991, entitled 'Son of the land, Master of painting the sea'.
Traditional Boats and Tall Ships MagazinePublishers of a picture-lead, bi-monthly nautical magazine. Several articles have featured Robin and his paintings.
Sea History MagazineA quarterly magazine published in America by The National Maritime Historical Society. They have featured Robin's research and paintings in 'The Search for the Spirit', Summer 1998.
Spiegel der ZeilvaartA Dutch seafaring magazine with a broad interest in all things nautical. The magazine has featured Robin's work and both the magazine and website are published in Dutch.
Le Chasse Maréewww.chasse-maree.com/
Country Life MagazineSuperb quality weekly magazine, primarily featuring country life and related issues. Also includes lavish articles on art, antiques and architecture.
Publishers and Galleries
The Bridgeman Art LibraryIncludes a range of paintings by Robin Brooks, which are available, via license, for publication.
Conway Maritime PressPublishers of a fabulous variety of marine historical reference works, including The Ships of Trafalgar by Peter Goodwin, which includes several of Robin's paintings.
Chatham PublishingPublishers of a fabulous variety of marine historical reference works, including The Captain Cook Encyclopaedia by John Robson, which includes the painting 'Fetched Furneaux for Breakfast'.
Warwick Leadlay GallerySpecialists in memorabilia commemorating the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson.
SeuilFrench historical book publishers. Includes Les Grandes Batailles Navales de Salamine à Midway by Laurent Joffrin.
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Miscellaneous Links and Friends of Black Dog Studios
Marine CallMaritime weather forecasts.
Radio 3Robin is a devoted listener to this unique radio station. He has always appreciated the calm presentation and in depth informed commentary and discussion on music, composers and performers, past and present. The main stay is the quality classical music, which is mostly played in full.
Muffet MonroFriend of Black Dog Studios, located at North Leigh Barn, Morchard Bishop, Devon, UK. Superb ceramic design and decoration to commission.
The Chesapeake MillThe Chesapeake takes on yet another new life, from flour mill to an exciting retail experience. Antiques, home furnishings, gifts, jewellery and much more. www.chesapeakemill.co.uk
Powderham CastleWebsite for the historic Powderham Castle, home of the Courtney Family, Devon, UK. This was where Robin and his mother both lived and worked for a number of years, before Robin became a professional marine painter.
Compassion in World FarmingBlack Dog Studios is situated in the heart of rural Devonshire, England. We have many friends and relations who are farmers or involved in agriculture. We as a family passionately believe in the humane treatment of all animals and of humanity's responsibility to the environment. Compassion in World Farming is a charity which campaigns all over the world for the highest standards in farmed animal welfare.
The Painter's KeysRobin's website is featured in The Painter's Keys directory, as are Rupert's portraits and figure paintings and Kirsty's Devon landscape paintings and animal portraits.
British ArtsRobin's website is listed in British Arts, a comprehensive online resource for artists and art buyers.
Agora Gallery, Chelsea - SoHo, New York, NY
Contemporary fine art gallery established 1984. Art consulting services to private and corporate art collectors are provided. Locations in the SoHo and Chelsea art districts. Exhibiting painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Artist portfolios are reviewed. The sponsor of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.
Art Industri - The world of art at your fingertips, including artist portfolios, ecards, resources, kids stuff, reference guides, free email, magazine and web design.