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Frank Wootton - KNIGHTS OF THE SKY -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          KNIGHTS OF THE SKY
by Frank Wootton

$165.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 31"w x 19 3/8"h.
Published: July 1982


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“The Battle of Cambrai, which took place in France in March, 1918, represented a major German offensive during World War I. The German aircraft in this painting are on patrol, furnishing air cover for German movements on the battlefield below. The German circus is led by Richthofen - the famous ‘Red Baron.’ ‘Circus’ was a term the British used for German aircraft, its use growing from the fact that the German planes - in this case, Fokker D.VII’s -were quite gaily painted compared to the drab camouflage colors on British planes. The Richthofen circus is engaged here by Sopwith Camels from No. 3 and No. 10 Squadrons. The German Fokkers and the British Camels were fairly evenly matched; the German plane was faster but the Camel more maneuverable. The action would have started out at about 20,000 feet and been fought down to 12,000 feet.”


Frank Wootton
The late Frank Wootton can be credited with giving aviation art a bold new direction, transforming the genre from illustration to fine art. A gifted young artist when WWII broke out, Wootton volunteered for the Royal Air Force, but was invited by the commander-in-chief of the Allied Air Forces to accept a special duty commission as official war artist to the R.A.F. and Royal Canadian Air Force. Thus, between 1939 and 1945, Wootton painted the conflict from the front lines of France to remote airstrips in Southeast Asia. His aerial scenes brilliantly recreated the threat of enemy fire, the split- second maneuvers of fighter planes and the triumph of victory. After the war, Wootton’s paintings gained international recognition. His works hang in major aviation museums throughout the world, and he has painted numerous state occasions involving the R.A.F. and the Royal Family. In 1983 some fifty of his paintings were exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Following his death, Wootton remains one the aviation’s most widely respected artists.

 

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