This is a fine print of a painting that shows a Supermarine Spitfire Mark I ( DW - K ) of No. 610 " County of Chester " Auxiliary Squadron flying over the Channel between September 1939 and May 1940.
||Gerald Davison Coulson
||92,28 x 62,2 cm
||Probably in 1977
Art object ( aviation )
This is a three - quarter front view of Supermarine Spitfire Mark I ’ DW - K ’ ( most probably L1062 ), which was assigned to No. 610 ’ County of Chester ’ Auxiliary Squadron ( stationed at R.A.F. Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England ), R.A.F., on September 30th, 1939. This very ’ Kite ’ was flown by Sergeant ( Sgt ) Stanley John Arnfield ( February 23rd, 1940 ) and Flying Officer ( F/O ) William ’ Bill ’ Riley ( March 12th, 1940 ).
Its career unfortunately ended on May 29th, 1940, during ’ Operation Dynamo ’, the evacuation of the British Expeditionnary Force ( B.E.F. ) and Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk ( France ). Flown by Sergeant Peter Douglas Jenkins who managed to shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109E, L1062 was shot down shortly after by anti - aircraft fire ( commonly known as ’ Flak ’ ) from destroyers off Dunkirk. The wings came off, the pilot had to bail out of his Spitfire L1062 ’ DW-K ’ into sea. Sergeant Jenkins was killed, aged 20. Attempts by Flight Lieutenant ( F/Lt ) John Ellis to attract attention of destroyers only resulted in more ’ Flak ’.
Peter Douglas Jenkins was the son of Frederick and Dorothy Jenkins of Breage, Cornwall ( England ). His name is on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 6 ( Englefield Green near Egham, Surrey, England ).
( sources : 610squadron.com, The Battle of Britain London Monument, Wikipedia, Biplane fighter aces - Commonwealth )
Feature( s ) : Framed. Varnished panel. Frame size ( 103,6 x 73 x 3,6 cm ). Surname written in pencil three times on the back of the frame ( Deeley ).
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 ).
( sources : artnet, www.invaluable.com, QART.COM )
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