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Give Us This Day
by William S. Phillips

In England during World War II, each dawn was brought the sounds of young men headed off to war. As daylight spreads across the tranquil countryside on this mist-shrouded summer morning, the aircraft of the 8th Air Force once again take to the air as they head for the dangerous skies of occupied Europe.

Representing not only an overt symbol of Allied might, the B-17G is also a more subtle indication as to the direction of the war. The plane carries no camouflage paint, since paint added weight, which cost speed and fuel. Stationed in Northamsted between April '44 and June '45, this B-17G is from the 398th Bomb Group, 602nd Bomb Squadron. Along with most others, the crew members ardent prayer was, "…give us this day."

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 100 s/n.
29"w x 22"h.
$695

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Paper:
limited to 550 s/n.
26"w x 19 1/2"h.
$175

 



The Moonwatchers
by William S. Phillips

"Let Your Heart Come Home" to Phillips Bay

"This is a celebration of commitment and enduring romance," says William S. Phillips. It is a love story, one that speaks of love in its various stages. You cannot help but wonder how many times our moonwatchers have held hands and shared dreams sorrows as they have watched each season pass and each new moon wax and wane.

"Our couple sits quietly with their dogs, gazing out across chapters of their lives. There is the warm and comfortable home that has heard the laughter of children; there is the church where they were married so many years ago. And there in the distance, is 'their' moon. I hope this print can be shared and appreciated by lovers-the moonwatchers-of any age."

Anniversary Edition
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

edition not to exceed 175 s/n.
32 "w x 19"h.
$795

 



Dauntless Against a Rising Sun
by William S. Phillips

“This painting contains everything I like about symbolic aviation art. It’s full of symbolism as two SBD-3s—S-9 and S-11 of VS-5—fly from the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier against the dark clouds of war and a rising sun, the symbol of the Japanese empire. In this case, the sun is symbolic of hope and the dawn of a new day as the tide turns in the Pacific at the Battle of Midway in June of 1942.

The name of the painting, "Dauntless Against a Rising Sun," was a natural. A SBD dive-bomber was referred to as a “Dauntless” and the two in this painting capture the spirit of the U.S. forces in those dark days after the initial Japanese victories in the Pacific.

Anniversary Edition
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

edition not to exceed 100 s/n.
36 "w x 24"h.
$1250

 



Toward the Setting Sun
by William S. Phillips

The USS Hornet (CV-8) steams prophetically into a Pacific sunset with the Doolittle Raider’s 16 B-25s spread and lashed down across her deck. SBD’s of the USS Enterprise’s (CV-6) Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) patrol above. Sending two of the United States aircraft carriers, the core of Vice Admiral Halsey’s of Task Force 16, to the Japanese coast in 1942 was a risk of the highest order, especially for a fleet and a nation reeling from Japan’s string of Pacific victories. TF 16’s assets were deemed so valuable that its early discovery by Japanese picket craft on the morning of April 18, 1942, 200 miles short of the intended launch point, prompted the immediate launch of Doolittle’s aircraft. At the time, the mission was even referred to as the Halsey-Doolittle Raid. Nine of the sixteen ships that made up TF 16, most importantly the carriers Hornet and Enterprise, would six weeks later take part in dealing the staggering blow to the Japanese Fleet off Midway. The Doolittle-Halsey Raid truly marked the point when the Rising Sun first began to set.

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Paper:

limited to 298 s/n.
24 "w x 16 1/2"h.
$395

 



Among the Columns of Thor
by William S. Phillips

"Among the Columns of Thor" has a double meaning to it. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder and war. These B-24 bombers from the 409th Squadron, 93rd Bomb group, are in column formation, literally flying among Thor's cloud columns as they return from their targets deep in Germany. They are escorted by P-51 fighters of the 3361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group.

The paint scheme on the engine cowling of "Jersey Jerk," Donald Strait's plane, was designed by Freddie Schlack, another young pilot in the squadron. That pattern became the official scheme for the entire fighter group. Squadrons within the group would use different colored rudders to identify themselves.

The deep, ominous colors at the right of the image represent war, whereas the left side is painted with lighter colors, signifying peace. The silve color scheme of the planes can also represent Allied superiority and the coming end of the war. Naturally, the aircraft are flying from the darkness into the light.

Countersigned by Donald J. Straig, commander, 361st Fighter Squadron; Clinton DeWitt Burdick, pilot, 361st Fighter Squadron; K. O. Dessert, commander, 409th Bomb Squadron; and Edwin C. Baker, pilot, 409th Bomb Squadron.

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Paper:

limited to 1000 s/n.
30 "w x 18"h.
$295

 



A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True
by William S. Phillips

The American Homefront Series, an episodic look at home life during World War II, comprises some of artist William S. Phillips’ most popular and sought-after works. In this Anniversary Edition of "A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True," it’s 1943 and the young soldier from the first painting, "If Only in My Dreams," is home on leave. “This is one of the fortunate few who got a Christmas leave during World War II,” says the artist. “I wanted a more peaceful feeling in this painting, so the soldier is driving into the sunset. The colors are warmer and the mood is more festive.” There are still shadows on the horizon but the path to victory seems clear.

Look closely at each painting in the Homefront Series to find a plane in the sky. The DC-3 in this painting (known in its wartime version as a C-47) is now a passenger airliner. The dog that waited patiently for his master’s return sits beside his owner on the way to a family reunion, to play cards with the boys or maybe to visit his girl. Tonight on the radio they might even hear, “When Dreams Come True,” immortalized by Count Basie and his Orchestra.

Anniversary Edition
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

edition not to exceed 175 s/n.
32 "w x 16"h.
$595

 



If Only in My Dreams
by William S. Phillips

"Let Your Heart Come Home" to Phillips Bay

Over the years with Greenwich Workshop, William S. Phillips had painted numerous historical themes, and in 1991, he approached Greenwich Workshop founder Dave Usher with an idea for a series of paintings that would capture a nostalgic look at the American home front during World War II. The change in mood and direction of the war at home would be reflected in the paintings as the series progressed. Dubbed The American Homefront Collection, "If Only in My Dreams" was the first of these paintings, and is infused with the somber concern and patient longing for the return of the soldiers during the early years of the war.

"If Only in My Dreams" was also the first painting depicting Phillips Bay, a charming and archetypical American village created by the artist. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this favorite in canvas, which most closely resembles my original painting,” says Phillips.

The American Homefront Series also includes "The Dream Fulfilled, Where the Love Light Shines" (1945) and "A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True."

Anniversary Edition
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 218 s/n.
17"w x 36"h.
$795

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