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Frank Wootton - Some Favorites
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February 18, 2011 - 8:45 pm
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Good seller from the UK, carefully packed it flat and it arrived in fine shape. fuzzy

Fuzzy; Some of us are a bit intimidated by rising Intntl. shipping costs, and would probably buy more if you could ship stuff here for less than the price of the print.. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ What did it cost to ship that print flat, and how was it shipped, please? Any encouraging info would be appreciated.

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February 18, 2011 - 9:23 pm
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thanks for posting these great images. In some respects, Wootton is the most professional and artistic of the lot.

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February 18, 2011 - 10:34 pm
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The “Triumph of Airpower” print is fantastic fuzzy. Also, thanks for posting the close-ups; they really convey the care and attention to detail that went into the painting.

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February 18, 2011 - 11:00 pm
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Glad people are enjoying Wootton’s work. He’s distinctive, and I sure like his style.

This print was originally sold mounted and matted. It was still sealed in the plastic wrap it came in 17 years ago. The seller was hesitant to remove it from the mount, and that’s why it was shipped flat.

Yes, it was expensive. Off the top of my head I’d say it was about $60. I would try to aviod flat shipping overseas if possible. It was shipped via the UK post office, but I don’t remember the exact service. It took some time to get here, though. So long, in fact, that I contacted the seller worried that it had been lost.

The consolation here was that the sale price of the print was very low. The total cost, shipping included, was $180. I had no problem paying the $180 for this print. I had been looking for it for a long time.

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February 19, 2011 - 10:28 am
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Thanks for posting fuzzy – I have always thought Frank Wooton was quite an acquired taste,never the less with some real gems – this is one of those which is quite stunning – perhaps I should start dropping wootons name into ebay rather than just my regular culprits !

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February 19, 2011 - 4:11 pm
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Collector,

I’d love it if some more people “discovered” Wootton’s work. It was that way with me. When I started collecting I was exposed to some of his Greenwich Workshop releases, but most of them didn’t really catch my eye. Only after I got an expanded look at more of his work – prints done long ago or exclusively in the UK (I’m in the US), did I really start to discover all the gems out there.

He passed away years ago, and hasn’t had a print release in probably 15 years. Even when he was active, he didn’t have the kind of marketing muscle behind him like you see from the Military Gallery. I think many collectors, especially new ones, are very unaware of Wootton.

The D-Day print is being framed, and here’s another one of my favorites that will join it on the walls.

“One Off Smartly” signed by Robert Stanford-Tuck:

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Pete posted a pic of this one already, but since it is one of my favorites, and one of the four Woottons I have framed, I’ll post some detail pics of it.

I would imagine that this is a print that many people have not seen in person.

I love the lighting, the nostalgic feel, and the drama of this image. It is my favorite of Wootton’s Battle of Britain prints. It’s signed by 20 BoB pilots, which doesn’t hurt either!

As always, it looks much better in person than in my photos.

Frank Wootton “Battle of Britain Memorial Trust 60th Anniversary Edition”

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Here’s the last of the four Wootton prints I have framed. It, along with the previous three I’ve posted, are my four Wootton favorites.

For me, this image captures the vision of a WW1 dogfight better than any other. Swirling, chaotic, deadly. It also has the classic Wootton cloudscape, as can also be seen in the “Battle of Britain 60th Anniversary” and “One Off Smartly”.

It’s not perfect by any stretch, but I love it.

Frank Wootton “Encounter with the Red Baron”

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February 22, 2011 - 12:05 pm
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Continuing with Frank’s other print featuring the Red Baron. Another classic Wootton cloudscape. Oops, that vertical tail on the triplane should be white!

Frank Wootton “Last Combat of the Red Baron”

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February 22, 2011 - 2:22 pm
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thanks for the great images.

Hey Fuzzy, can we see some pics of your walls with art displayed? You must have very little wall space left!

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I’ve got a bigger room to fill now. I’m in the process of acquiring a few items I want, including an original or two, and framing everything up. Realistically, that will take until the end of the year. When it’s done, expect a full review!

In the meantime, here are the two Woottons that are currently up, with a little bonus sculpture of MvR by Rick Terry (sorry – crappy photos).

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If you ever get the chance to visit the RAF club in London, they have a fantastic collection of Wootton originals on show as well as many other aviation paintings (plus the best smoked salmon I’ve ever tasted). Although I think all his work is great I actually like his commercial advertising work most of all. Look through any 50’s era aviation magazine and it’s likely you’ll find an advertising illustration by him. Here’s a book cover by him (I think). This was my dad’s and he gave it to me when I was about 5:

I’m still not entirely sure it’s by Wootton as there’s no signature or credit but am almost positive it is

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February 25, 2011 - 10:19 pm
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looking good fuzzy – thanks for posting

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February 25, 2011 - 11:13 pm
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No problem CBI!

Ian, based on the similarity to this Wootton image posted by Pete, I’d say it’s a good bet your book cover is by Wootton:

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February 25, 2011 - 11:24 pm
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I think you might have a good point there Fuzzy.

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February 26, 2011 - 10:41 am
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The RAF museum also has some lovely Woottons in its collection:
http://navigator.rafmuseum.org…..#038;pos=1

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February 26, 2011 - 12:42 pm
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More evidence is offered in his book “50 years of Aviation Art”. Page 11 there is a pencil drawing, although the aircrew/groundcrew are different the aircraft are very similar.

How frustrating is that RAFM site?? It lists 77 images and then only shows 23, but lots of images of RAF roundels ๐Ÿ™„ Even the one’s shown are only tiny images even when you click the enlarge button.

I wonder what Frank’s wife Ginny thinks after donating this collection?? It’s been a while but every time I’ve visited Hendon the Paintings collection was closed!

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I would normally be the first to attack the RAFM for their closed door policy regarding the art collection; but: …..

I was there a few weeks ago and asked the lady at the exit reception desk if I could see the art collection. Truth is a lot of cheek and a little flirtation was also employed. ….and: A few minutes later, a museum staff member rocked up and escorted me upstairs. There was no pressure to hurry up and I enjoyed some time taking in every brush stroke. Cuneo, Wootton, Rondot were there to see. I still firmly believe that keeping art out of the public gaze is bad, but in fairness, I was treated very well. ….and Ian, I would be more then happy for you to pass on this tale and sincere thanks to those concerned.

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February 26, 2011 - 4:54 pm
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To update everyone, unfortunately Virginia “Jinny” Wootton passed away on 23 March 2010.

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February 26, 2011 - 5:03 pm
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Getting back to the Wootton prints, and continuing with the WW1 theme, here is a very attractive & nostalgic piece.

Frank Wootton “April Morning: France, 1918”

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