Every Second Counts

Philip West

 

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Every Second Counts Philip West

Wing Commander Guy Gibson and crew have just released their Upkeep mine against their primary target The Mohne Dam. Wing Commander Guy Gibson went on to receive the Victoria Cross after leading 19 Avro Lancaster's on this historic mission to the Ruhr dams. Operation Chastise gave the nation a great boost in confidence during 1943 and honoured the brave men of 617 Squadron who carried out this dangerous mission.

Primary Edition prints are signed by the artist and also Dambusters Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer 617 Squadron) who flew on Avro Lancaster AJ-T, with American pilot Joe McCarthy when his crew attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which Johnny was awarded the DFM. Before then, he had been part of 97 Squadron. Johnny went on to fly 40 missions with Joe McCarthy at the controls.

Artist Proofs and Remarqued Editions are signed by the artist and are also signed by Dambusters Flying Officer Raymond E Grayston (Flight Engineer – 617 squadron) joined the RAF in June 1939, as an engine fitter. In 1942 he volunteered for aircrew, as a flight engineer. He was subsequently posted to 50 Sqn at Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire. The crew had completed 30 ops. by January 1943. Les Knight was then requested to continue flying with his crew on Special Operations. This involved moving to Scampton, to form 617 Squadron. On the night of 16-17 May, Les Knight and his crew took part in the raid on the dams and were responsible for breaching the Eder Dam.

The crew continued on operations until September 1943, when trying to carry out a raid on the Dortmund Ems canal in fog, the plane was damaged and crashed. After ensuring his crew successfully baled out, Les Knight remained on the aircraft and was never seen again. Ray spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner in Stalag Luft 3.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Every print in the entire edition is signed by the artist Philip West The Primary Edition prints are countersigned by Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer 617 Squadron) The Artist Proofs and Remarque Editions are additionally signed by Flying Officer Raymond E Grayston (Flight Engineer – 617 squadron)

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 27"x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Artist Signed Edition (Signed by the artist only)
UK £90.00 Edition Size - 50

Primary Edition
UK £110.00 Edition Size - 100

Artist Proof Edition
UK £140.00 Edition Size - 40

Single Remarqe Edition
UK £260.00 Edition Size - 10

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print:

An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

Companion print:

An additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions, published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued at the same time.

Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.

 

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