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Frank Wootton - THE LAST OF THE FIRST -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Frank Wootton

Original Retail Price $235.00
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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 26"w x 18"h.
Published: May 1992

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"In the 'Last of the First,' I depict the first time a jet-propelled aircraft was shot down by British forces. The action took place over Nijmegen, Holland, on October 5, 1944. A combined force of Spitfires from the RAF and the Royal Canadian Air Force did the job. In order to gain enough speed to compete with a jet aircraft, the attackers had to dive from great heights. Hedley Everard, who countersigned this print, dove from far above the ME 262. He had to retire his Spitfire after the encounter because the stress of such speed almost tore it apart."

Countersigned by Hedley Everard.

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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