Summer Harvest

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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Summer Harvest Gerald Coulson

There were few sights back in the early 1940's that stirred the emotions more than that of an Avro Lancaster on final approach, its weary crew returning from combat over enemy territory. The characteristic roar of four mighty Merlin engines never failed to turn heads skyward, as these magnificent heavy bombers descended into their air bases, strategically spread around the country side of East Anglia.

The RAF bomber crews flew by day and night throughout the six year long campaign to defeat Nazi Germany, eventually bringing Hitler's war machine to its knees; but not without cost. More than 55,000 of Bomber Command's finest young men paid the ultimate sacrifice. So it was with emotions of admiration, pride, and appreciation that a grateful public waited and watched as these great warriors of the sky came lumbering home.

Unique among RAF bomber squadrons was No 617: formed with a specific task, 617 squadron gained immortality in May 1943 for its daring and successful raid on the German dams that supplied power to the factories of the Rühr. Forever after known as the Dambusters, 617 Squadron remained active as a precision bombing unit until the end of hostilities, its last operation being an attack on Hitler's famous mountain retreat, the Eagles Nest at Berchtesgaden. During its illustrious wartime activities the squadron's crews were awarded two Victoria Crosses, and more than 150 other decorations for gallantry.

Gerald Coulson's painting Summer Harvest winds the clock back sixty years, recreating a typical East Anglian countryside scene in late 1944. With the sun well above the horizon an Avro Lancaster comes thundering in on finals after a gruelling night precision bombing mission over Germany. Below, farm workers busy gathering the summer harvest, stop to marvel at the sheer power and majesty of the mighty aircraft and to dwell briefly on what horrors its crew may have endured on their perilous journey.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE PILOTS EDITION

Joining artist Gerald Coulson, each print in the Pilots Edition is signed by three RAF Bomber Command pilots who flew operations on Lancasters with 617 Squadron during the height of operations in World War II.

Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR F. POORE DFC
Squadron Leader E. GRAY WARD DFC
Group Captain JAMES CASTGNOLA DSO DFC

THE DAMBUSTERS EDITION

Every print in the special DAMBUSTERS EDITION is additionally signed by four of the original surviving aircrew who, on the night of 16/17 May 1943, took part in the epic Dams raid. There are a total of SEVEN signatures in this edition


Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR F. POORE DFC
Squadron Leader E. GRAY WARD DFC
Group Captain JAMES CASTGNOLA DSO DFC

Squadron Leader JOHN LESLIE MUNRO DSO DFC
Squadron Leader GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM
Sergeant RAYMOND E. GRAYSTON
Sergeant FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 30 1/2"x 23 1/2" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Pilots Edition
UK £145.00
Edition Size - 300

SOLD OUT

The Dambusters Edition
UK £165.00
Edition Size - 200

SOLD OUT

Artist Proof Edition
UK £225.00
Edition Size - 25

SOLD OUT

 

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