The Kydd Collection

"The Admiral's Daughter" - A landing party on anti-smuggling patrol, 1803...

Limited edition marine art prints featuring Geoff Hunt's stunning images used for the covers of Julian Stockwin's series of historical novels about Thomas Kydd.

Published by Hodder Headline, Julian Stockwin's phenomenally successful Kydd series of novels, closely based on real events from history, is the story of one man’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the Great Age of Fighting Sail.   Geoff Hunt was commissioned to create the paintings which were used for the cover art of the first eight books in the series: Kydd; HMS Artemis; Seaflower; Mutiny; Quarterdeck; Tenacious; Command and The Admiral's Daughter

Limited edition prints of Geoff Hunt's images featured on the covers of all the books are available in this section.

Julian Stockwin writes: "Each year Geoff and I have a most enjoyable discussion about the cover of the next book. Geoff actually reads the while manuscript and I can only admire his talent in distilling the essence of each book in one superb visual experience......To me his paintings, perhaps more than those of any other artist, have a compelling immediacy and sense of vitality, especially in his work of the great age of sail, a love we both share."

Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force. After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at www.JulianStockwin.com.

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