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Frank Wootton - Some Favorites
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‘Looking for trouble’ is hanging on the walls of the upstairs gallery in the RAFM, Hendon, London. Normally this gallery is not available for public viewing although I had recent experience of asking nicely and being given exclusive access to the gallery.

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Just to clarify things, the version of ‘Looking for Trouble’ which I think I remember seeing at Hendon was in the ‘Art of the Battle of Britain’ exhibit currently on show to the public on the mezzanine floor of the Battle of Britain Hall (not sure of the opening hours, will check). That exhibit is separate from the gallery in the main hall which Chas got to see and, as he says, is not normally open to the public.
So it sounds as if both versions of this painting might be hanging on walls at Hendon. Of course I could have imagined seeing it but I should be down at the museum at some point over the next couple of weeks so should be able to confirm whether it’s actually on public view there or not

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March 27, 2011 - 2:23 pm
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You may be right Ian. I visited in the last couple of weeks and I know that I saw it. I forgot about the collection in the BofB hall which may well be where I saw it. In the other (closed) collection, it was Cuneos’ Beaufighter that caught my eye, especially as I was about to embark on a similar project in blissfull ignorance of the fact that the composition had already been done. Do you know if the fighter pilot portraits in the BofB hall are the same that were in the Queen Mothers round room at Bentley Priory(BP), or indeed were the extensive art collection (many of which are original Woottons) from BP were taken after its sale.

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Finally had a chance to break out the scanner – these are scans of book images; it goes without saying that colors and subtle tonal nuances may differ a little or a lot from the original works …

At first, these appear identical (excepting the printed colors), but compare the lower right quadrants. The positive and negative spaces in the clouds differ significantly. The ‘sweep’ of the main bank of clouds is different as well:

Version #1. Painted first?

Version #2. Softer touch is evident.

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I’ve always enjoyed Frank Wootton’s paintings especially the WWI subjects. They just seem to capture the energy of battle from the open cockpit.

Back in the early 80s, much of his artwork was captured in the Time Life book series The Epic of Flight. One of the volumes was titled Knights of the Air and featured Wootton’s Knights of the Sky. What a great cover and possibly the best of the entire series.

Thanks for re-introducing us to his magnificent artwork.

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April 10, 2011 - 12:55 am
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Another look at:

Frank Wootton “First For The Few”

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This one hasn’t been shown yet. This image is from the brochure.

Frank Wootton “Typhoon”

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April 10, 2011 - 2:56 pm
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Now let’s look at some British bombers. I’ve rearranged the thread a little to put some of the bombers together. Mostly Lancasters, with a few others.

Frank Wootton “Lancaster Bailout”

I have trouble getting a good photo of this print. I guess it’s the night colors. These next two photos are decent in terms of color, but not very sharp. It’s a really interesting, really good print in person. Signed by 2 VC winners: Norman Jackson & Bill Reid.

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Frank Wootton “Lancaster”

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Frank Wootton “Sinking of the Tirpitz”

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Here’s a brochure that shows a Dambusters image that I believe was released as a print long ago.

Frank Wootton “The Dambusters”

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April 10, 2011 - 3:03 pm
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Another brochure Dambusters image that I believe was released as a print.

Frank Wootton “A Tribute To David Shannon”

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Another Dambusters print. This one is signed by Barnes Wallis, which makes it special.

As an engineer, I particularly appreciate signatures like Wallis. Frank had some great prints signed by the minds behind the machines. This one signed by Barnes Wallis . “The First For The Few” which was signed by two Supermarine & two Rolls-Royce engineers. “Meteor Strikes It’s First Blow” which was signed by the pilot and Frank Whittle – inventor of the jet engine – WOW!

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Here is the companion to “Lancaster” above. I particularly like this one. It also has an amazing signature – Arthur Harris – Commander of Bomber Command.

Frank Wootton “Halifax”

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A few British bombers that were posted previously by Syd and I, so I’ll include here for completeness.

Frank Wootton “Peenemunde”

Frank Wootton “Blenheim Mk IV”

Frank Wootton “Mosquito”

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April 14, 2011 - 2:31 am
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Frank Wootton “The Last Combat”

Depicts Galland’s Me-262 about to be downed by Finnegan’s P-47.

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April 14, 2011 - 3:12 am
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“The Last Combat” is niiice … don’t believe I’ve seen it before. 😀

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April 15, 2011 - 1:57 am
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A couple of modern jets by Frank.

Frank Wootton “Operation Desert Storm”

Frank Wootton “Tornado F3”

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I love the Typhoon one – it really gives a sense of action, urgency and power!

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Another flyer.

Frank Wootton “Unarmed Against The Enemy”:

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