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Frank Wootton - Some Favorites
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I just receieved mt first Frank Wootton print, “Adlertag, 1940” yesterday. WOW!!! 😯 No picture that I have seen on the internet does this print justice. It is very colorful, and the amount of detail is awesome. It is also very large, probably the largest piece I have as the overall size is close to 30×40. I’m hooked on Wootton prints now. I believe my next purchase will be “Peenemunde”, which I believe is one of the best depictions of Lancasters on a night time raid that has ever been done. Ok guys, lets see those Wootton prints!

Frank Wootton “Adlertag 15 August 1940”

Frank Wootton “Peenemunde”

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September 22, 2009 - 7:58 pm
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Nice print Jason. . . . how about posting a nice big pic. of it πŸ™‚

Here are my 3 ‘Woottons’

Rocket Firing Typhoons at the Falaise Gap – Normandy 1944

Auster Lands in Normandy at Tactical HQ 1944

Gliders at Caen, 6 Airborne Division, D.Day 1944

The ‘Typhoons’ print is signed by:-

Air Commodore W. ‘Bill’ Pitt-Brown DFC
Air Commodore C. D. ‘Kit’ North-Lewis DSO DFC
Air Commodore J. W. Frost CBE DFC DL
Squadron Leader Percival H. Beake DFC
Flight Lieutenant Ken Adam OBE
Squadron Leader Geoff Murphy
Flight Lieutenant Roy Crane
Flight Lieutenant George Sheppard
Flight Lieutenant Ramsay Milne.

The others are artist signed, however I got a relative of mine to sign the ‘Auster’ print as he served in Normandy in 1944 so I guess it’s unique 😎

Cheers.

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September 23, 2009 - 12:18 am
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When I first started collecting, there were a few Wootton prints available from the Greenwich Workshop, but none that really excited me. Over time, I started to become aware of the many prints he had done over the years. I discovered quite a few that I really liked. Now, I’d say Frank Wootton is a favorite of mine. It did take some time for me – somewhat of an acquired taste.

For those who might not know, Frank Wootton witnessed RAF air operations in the Second World War firsthand. That gives him a unique perspective in the aviation art world. Here’s his biography:

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 aviation’s most widely respected artists.

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September 23, 2009 - 3:16 am
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what was truly great about Frank is that he was truly there during it all. Talk about solid reference material……
and his style is top notch.

B

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September 23, 2009 - 6:22 am
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HedgeJumper, I posted a smaller pic in the “your collection” thread, but here’s a larger one. Sorry it’s a little fuzzy, but my digital camera isn’t so great.

By the way, does anyone have large pictures of “Down on the Farm” or “Peenemunde” that they could post? The images I’m finding on the net aren’t very good.

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September 23, 2009 - 6:26 pm
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Guys (And Girls)

Frank is my No1 Artist and I have collected a lot of his stuff including ones signed by Barnes Wallis, Bomber Harris & Bader…..

I’m really busy at the mo but will try and post some over the weekend if others don’t get there before me.

His style simply stands out a mile, it was so unique…not as detailed as some artists but certainly capturing the movement and feeling of flight. Adlertag is superb and is ‘HUGE’. Most of his prints are very sizeable Peenemunde being one, and I believe one of the veterans remarked that this was the best most true to life depiction of night bombing he had ever seen.

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As promised, here are a few pics taken of prints that were close to hand…

First off we have rather appropriately :

The First For The Few

And a close-up

Next up as requested :

Peenemunde – What fabulous colours


Strike Wing Attack


The Last Of The First

With close-up

Next

Battle Over London 1940

Next a smaller print but one of my favourites :

His Finest Hour featuring Keith Park

Next

Lancaster Attack on the Mohne Dam – Signed by Barnes Wallis

Hope you do not mind, another image of Adlertag

and finally for now something post WW2

Meteor Strike

I have others stored away, will try to do a few more photos some other time.

Enjoy !

Pete
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September 26, 2009 - 9:36 pm
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Interesting to see the Keith Park print and the Meteors – haven’t seen either of those before although I have a few of Frank’s books .
His “How to draw Planes” got me into aviation art when I was a youngster . His works are a tremendous inspiration to any would be aviation artist.

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September 27, 2009 - 2:42 pm
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Pete,

Thanks for posting those! I have “Battle Over London 1940” and love it. I’ve also got “Strike Wing Attack” and like it even better than Taylor’s “Strike and Strike Again”, which is a good print. I can’t think of a better Beaufighter depiction than “Strike Wing Attack”.

I think the signatures on “The First For The Few” are the best part about that print. Isn’t it signed by 2 Supermarine engineers and 2 Rolls-Royce engineers that worked on the Spitfire and Merlin, respectively? As a fellow engineer, I think that’s pretty cool. I’m sure most people would rather have pilot signatures, but I think it’s fantastic that the people who created these machines have been recognized at least once!

fuzzy

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Thanks for taking the time to post all of those pictures Syd. Thats an awesome collection of Wootton prints! πŸ˜€ Frank Wootton’s style was certainly not very technically accurate, however his paintings just “feel” right. I’m still thinking about picking up that copy of “Penemunde”, I just have to convince the wife to let me have some wall space.

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October 9, 2009 - 7:39 pm
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Just a few more to keep your interest going…..


Hurricane Mk1 featuring my favourite pilot – Bob Standford Tuck


Look – No Hands
Another of my favourites and I think a very underrated print as it features the attack by Geoffrey Page and ‘One armed Mac’ James MacLachlan flying their P51 Mustangs of the Air Fighting Development Unit against german airfields in occupied Europe. After downing 4 FW56A’s from JG105 a fighter training gruppe, they caught two JU88’s landing near Bretigny as shown in the print. Unfortunately, on their next attempt to repeat this success, Mac was hit over the enemy coast by ground fire and crashed. He died shortly afterwards as a result of his wounds.


Blenheim MKV
I’ve always thought Frank got the right wing/engine angle a little wrong on this one – The end of the wing seems to stick up too much ?

Will dig out a few more

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October 18, 2009 - 5:31 pm
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Another one I came across yesterday…..


Spitfire Mk V with Baders signature.

And a close up

I know I’ve got his Bomber Harris signed Halifax print somewhere….. will pop it on when I come across it.

Now I cannot be the only one with Wootton prints….. what else have you got out there…lets see them.

There are two prints I know I missed out on some time ago. One was portrait style featuring damaged ME263 jets set in a bavarian alps background at the end of the war and the other was signed by about 6 pilots but was missing frank’s signature as it was finished but not released until after his death. I would love to see images of these again (As well as buy a copy of each!!)

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October 19, 2009 - 3:24 pm
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I’m still thinking about picking up that copy of “Penemunde”, I just have to convince the wife to let me have some wall space.

I think I may be with your wife on that one Jason, a great print of an epic scene…I was lucky enough to see the huge original painting at The RAF Club recently, but not a scene for the house walls maybe? wink

Blenheim MKV
…..- The end of the wing seems to stick up too much ?

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Pete, looks like the pilot agrees with you lol was he trying to knock a bit off through the tree’s?

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October 31, 2009 - 5:45 pm
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It seems I am the only one who collects Wootton’s wink
So here are the last in my collection (I think !)

Frank’s Halifax signed by Bomber Harris

Down On The Farm

Battle Of Britain – 60th Anv. Print
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July 3, 2010 - 12:59 pm
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Here are a couple BoB prints that aren’t seen in this thread devoted to Frank Wootton. Wanted to add them here.

This print was published by the Greenwich Workshop back in 1983.

Frank Wootton “The Battle of Britain”

This print was artist signed only. I had Guenther Rall sign it on one of his visits the the National Air & Space Museum.

Another old Frank Wootton BoB piece. Features 609 Squadron, and has 11 pilot signatures from that squadron.

Frank Wootton “Battle Over London”

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Wanted to put these B-17 images in Frank Wootton’s thread.

Frank Wootton “Daylight Raid Over Germany” with extra signature of Barney Nolan.

This last Frank Wootton print is a rare one. I saw it one time on eBay and bought it. I’ve never seen it before or since – not from a dealer – not on eBay. It’s a limited edition of 1000. I’m intrigued as to why most of Frank’s older prints can be found, but not this one?

Anther thing that intrigues me is Frank Wootton’s use of almost the same composition for another image. The compositions here are very similar, but the colors are very different, making the two images stand apart.

This was a poster done for his 1983-1984 Simithsonian National Air & Space Museum exhibition.

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“It’s a limited edition of 1000. I’m intrigued as to why most of Frank’s older prints can be found, but not this one?”

Thats a pretty easy answer, anybody that was lucky to get one, wants to hang on to it, I know I certainly would!

Mark

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July 3, 2010 - 10:32 pm
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Thanks Mark,

I certainly do plan to hang on to it. I’m still curious about the print. When I google it, I can’t find a single hit on the print (other than what I’ve posted here on eHangar). That’s a bit strange. Most old prints will get some google hits. It’s almost as if this print doesn’t exist!

Does anyone else have it? Anyone seen or heard of it before?

fuzzy

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July 4, 2010 - 11:19 pm
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When I saw Frank Wootton “Daylight Raid Over Germany”, I immediately thought of “Little Willie Coming Home” by Keith Ferris which is one of my favourite prints.

Mark

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Well, I’ve added a few more from Frank Wootton.

Here is one of my favorites. I’ve been looking for one for quite a while, and found it recently on eBay. Good seller from the UK, carefully packed it flat and it arrived in fine shape. This one will be framed soon. Hard to capture all the interesting colors in this one, but here’s my best shot. It’s called:

“D-Day June 6 1944, A Triumph of Airpower”

More to come.

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