This is a fine print of a painting that shows a Bristol Bulldog Mark IIA ( K - 2184 ) of No. 41 Squadron flying over British soil between October 1931 and July 1934.
||Gerald Davison Coulson
||72,7 x 56,55 cm
Art object ( aviation )
The Bristol Bulldog was one of the outstanding single - seat interceptor fighters of the early thirties and saw service with a number of the Royal Air Force operational squadrons. The Bulldog depicted is a 41 Sqdn. Machine. During that time it became a familiar sight at the pre - war annual Hendon air pageants, and its displays of precision formation aerobatics with red, white and blue smoke trails, in the hands of the Royal Air Force pilots, will never be forgotten.
Powered with a Bristol Jupiter engine, The Bulldog IIA had a top speed of 178 m.p.h. and a service ceiling of 29,300 feet. Armament comprised two .303 machine guns firing through the propellor disc. Four hundred and fifty six Bulldogs were built, many of which wer sold to foreign air forces, and they saw squadron service in places as far as Australia. The Bulldog was a pleasant and docile aircraft to fly, and proved to be very popular with its pilots. It is a classic example of a post - war era of biplane fighters.
( source : text printed on the label on the back )
Feature( s ) : Framed. Varnished panel. Frame size ( 85,19 x 69,025 x 3,3 cm ). Labels on the back : title and explanatory text.
Gerald Davison Coulson ( 1926 ) was born in Kenilworth ( England, Great Britain ). He has had a passion for airplanes since he was a young boy. Though this enthusiasm would eventually lead him to create some of the most renowned paintings featuring aircraft, Gerald D. Coulson began his career with an apprenticeship as an aircraft engineer and then worked as a technician for the Royal Air Force and British Airways. Eventually, he combined his love of aircraft with his natural artistic talent by illustrating the service manuals for civil and military aircraft. In 1969, Gerald D. Coulson combined these into a professional fine art career. He founded the Guild of Aviation Artists and has won the Flight International Trophy for outstanding aviation painting four times. The Fine Art Trade Guild has also placed Gerald D. Coulson in the top ten best selling artists 15 times.
As a landscape painter, he is best known known for his detailed depictions of the English countryside, wildlife, and aviation scenes. Using a realist technique influenced by popular British painting of the early 19th century, Gerald Coulson renders subjects from the past including 1900's automobiles, planes from the Second World War, and early Formula One races. Today, his work can be found in the collections of the Royal Air Force Museums in Hendon, the Cranwell and Staff College, and The National Railway Museum in New York. Coulson lives and works in Cambridgeshire ( England, Great Britain ).
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