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William S. Phillips - Toward the Setting Sun -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

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.

Countersigners: Col. Richard E. Cole, Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, S/Sgt. David J. Thatcher

Toward the Setting Sun
by William S. Phillips

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LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Image size: 24"w x 16 1/2"h.
Limited Edition of: 298
Originally Published:
April 2010
$395.00

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William S. Phillips
Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter, a respect and reverence for a time and place, help him when painting aviation as well as classic landscapes. Phillips often spends days observing landscape subjects. Finding companionship with the land, he is able to convey the boundlessness of nature on the painted canvas inspiring a reverence for the natural landscape in its beholders. After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He developed sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillips’ work in 1986. He is one of only a few artists to have been so honored. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Bill’s work has been included in the Top 100 each year he has entered the competition and his work has won the Art History Award twice. Phillips was selected as the Fall 2004 Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tapped by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations and header design for a pane of twenty stamps in 1997 entitled Classic American Aircraft. He was chosen again in 2005 for a pane of twenty stamps (ten designs) entitled American Advances in Aviation. Bill’s major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


 

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