Mosquitos At Dusk

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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Mosquitos At Dusk Gerald Coulson

It was probably the most versatile aircraft of World War Two and the missions undertaken by the De Havilland Mosquito and her crews have rarely been equalled for their daring or precision. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the De Havilland Mosquito was not only fast and agile – for most of the war it could out-perform anything in the sky – but deadly: possessing the ability to carry almost every weapon in the RAF’s arsenal. These qualities enabled Mosquito squadrons to perform every conceivable role from fighter-bomber to photo- reconnaissance, intruder, pathfinder, night- fighter, V-1 hunter, anti-shipping attacks and, thanks to its agility and speed, low-level precision strikes.

What made the De Havilland Mosquito unique however is that it was built mainly of wood and, at a time when metal was in extremely short supply, was a triumph of construction. Using plywood and balsa de Havilland created a masterpiece, something that drove Reichsmarshal Herman Goering ‘green and yellow with envy’. ‘The British’ he fumed, ‘….who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops’.

In tribute to this magnificent aircraft Gerald Coulson, one of the world’s most widely collected aviation artists for over 50 years, portrays a scene that was played out at airfields all over wartime Britain after the De Havilland Mosquito entered widespread service in 1942. Coulson is as famous for his landscapes as his aviation works and this stunning painting captures the mood perfectly as the dimming light of dusk reflects off the dispersal area, and Mosquito crews make their ?nal preparations for the night’s operations.

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNATURES

Joining artist Gerald Coulson, each print is individually signed by two decorated veterans who flew the De Havilland Mosquito in combat during World War Two

Flt Lt TERRY CLARK DFM AE
Navigator with 488 Sqn RNZAF / 6 victories

Flt Lt ROGER CALVERT
Navigator with 141 Sqn / 1 victory & 2 probables


THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS

Every print in this six signature edition has been additionally signed by a further four distinguished WWII Mosquito aircrew:

Flt Lt COLIN BELL DFC AE
Pilot with 608 Sqn Pathfinders & 162 Sqn LNSF

Fg Off CHARLES PARKER DFM
Navigator with 128 Sqn Pathfinders & 163 Sqn LNSF

Fg Off KEN OATLEY
Navigator with 627 Sqn Pathfinders

Flt Lt GEORGE DUNN DFC
Pilot with 608 Sqn LNSF


THE VICTORIA CROSS EDITION

Each print in this Eight signature edition is issued with a matching-numbered copy of the print Moonlight by Gerald Coulson. This atmospheric piece is personally signed by a highly-respected Mosquito Navigator and conservation matted to include a museum quality reproduction Victoria Cross and the original signature of one of the most legendary Mosquito Pilots of World War Two.

Sqn Ldr FRED CRAWLEY DFC
Navigator with 139 Sqn Pathfinders

Gp Cpt LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC* (matted)
Legendary Pilot who commanded 617 Sqn, he was the youngest and most highly decorated Group Captain in the RAF.

Moonlight Gerald Coulson

Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity

Overall Print Size 37" wide x 19½" high (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

PRINT PRICES

The Limited Edition
UK £175.00 Edition Size - 250

The Collectors Edition
UK £195.00 Edition Size - 150

The Collectors Edition Artist Proof
UK £275.00 Edition Size - 25

The Victoria Cross Edition
UK £395.00 Edition Size - 35

 

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