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Law of Storms

Three paintings based on drawings made near Burrastow, the west side of Shetland. 
A wild day of south-easterly winds, so strong I could hardly stand up, bringing vast waves crashing over the skerries.
That day I lost my rucksack holding all my drawings and materials; blown into the air and claimed by the sea. 
The Law of Storms I,  Burrastow, Shetlan

The Law of Storms I  Burrastow, Shetland.  SOLD

oil on canvas 48"x60"

The Law of Storms II, Burrastow, Shetland

Law of Storms II', Burrastow, Shetland, oil on canvas 48" x 60" 

on show at Kilmorack Gallery  SOLD

2019 Law of Storms III oil on canvas 150x120cm copy.jpeg

The Law of Storms III. Burrastow, Shetland. SOLD

oil on canvas 150x120cm

Henry Piddington, an English sea captain who sailed in east India and China, wrote a book Law of Storms describing his studies in meteorology of tropical storms and hurricanes. From his observations of ships caught in storms he noted the circular winds around a calm centre ran anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. He introduced the name 'cyclone'.


His book 'The Horn-Book for the Law of Storms for the Indian and China Seas' was first published in 1844. It includes fantastic (and scary) descriptions of encounters with  storms.

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The book contained a 'Storm Card - a translucent sheet (originally made of horn) showing a diagram of a cyclone; this could be placed on a map enabling wind directions to be compared by any sailor in order to identify a cyclone, and having done so, take a tacking course to avoid it.
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