Flown by some of the top Battle of Britain Aces such as Douglas Bader and Peter Townsend, the Hawker Hurricane, unlike its faster, thoroughbred companion the Spitfire, was a go-anywhere, do-anything, tough-as-old-boots warhorse. Sturdy to fly and resilient under fire, the Hurricane may have lacked its companion’s finesse but, seen at its best, it wrought havoc in the massed formations of Luftwaffe bombers pummelling southern England during the long, hot summer of 1940. By the end of the week, culminating on Sunday 16 September, the Luftwaffe finally had enough; their massed daylight attacks had been routed. Between the beginning of July and the end of October, eight out of ten enemy aircraft destroyed had fallen victim to the guns of a Hurricane.
Shown centre stage in Anthony Saunders’ outstanding painting is one pilot who knew the Hurricane as well as anyone – Battle of Britain Ace Tom Neil. Flying Hurricanes with 249 Squadron from North Weald, the artist puts the 20-year old Flight Lieutenant in the thick of the fighting, some 15,000 feet south-east of London on Wednesday 11 September 1940.
Describing the action as he powered his machine head-on towards the enemy bombers Tom Neil recalled the ‘surging excitement mixed with apprehension. The thick line bombers ……advancing towards us. Slowly. Inexorably. Aiming directly for the City. Thirty? Forty? Fifty? Who knew? Too many, anyway. No beam attack this. Straight for them. A head-on attack…!’. With adrenaline coursing through his veins the young pilot focused solely on the next few seconds because things were ‘going to be difficult. Everyone pushing, squeezing. Then firing! The line of Heinkels growing magically in my windscreen. My guns ripping and shuddering. Lines of sparks and smoke streaking ahead…….Watch out! I was forced to pull away, shrieking expletives. Then, it was all over’. Within seconds he was through the pack and falling away, ready to climb and attack once more, this time having the satisfaction of forcing a Heinkel down to crash-land in a field below.
In tribute to all the heroic Hurricane pilots who flew and fought in the Battle of Britain, Anthony’s painting has been faithfully reproduced as a fine art limited edition and printed onto borders that were personally signed many years ago. This means every copy in the edition carries the original and authentic autograph of the famous Ace depicted in the scene, creating a remarkable collector’s piece to be cherished for future generations.
Along with the artist Anthony Saunders, every print carries the original signature of one of the most highly-respected Battle of Britain fighter Aces:
- Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Widely considered as some of the best and largest in the industry, Anthony’s unique pencil remarques are individually created in the lower margin of the print. With all signatures of the Limited Edition and consisting of just 15 single sized remarques worldwide, these are a perfect way to collect original art.
The Double Remarques
Created specially for the serious collector, these dramatic pieces are much bigger than a standard remarque and exclusively restricted to just 10 copies worldwide. The demand for these superb creations is such that we urge collectors to reserve their remarques early to avoid disappointment.
- 33 x 23.75 inches
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