Anthony Saunders

Portfolio Sets

Some of Anthony Saunders prints are issued as a portfolio pair. This means that if you purchase both prints at the same time, not only is there a saving on the individual print price, but they are issued usually with matching edition numbers. Some prints that were originaly issued as a portfolio pair have sold out so only one of the pair may now be available. If this is the case the print is listed on it's own.

 

Hellfire Corner

Anthony Saunders, already highly regarded for his paintings of the First World War, has once again excelled with this piece Hellfire Corner, a scene that relives a moment at an exposed section of road linking the city of Ypres to the Front. Well within sight and range of the enemy’s guns it was nicknamed ‘Hellfire Corner’, quickly living up to a reputation as ‘the most dangerous corner on Earth’.

But, even here, as British soldiers fight to manhandle their ‘transport’ across the treeless landscape towards Passchendaele, there could be moments of success as New Zealander Keith Caldwell, flying an SE5a with 60 Squadron RFC, manages to down a German Albatross scout overhead. This dramatic and moving piece serves as a lasting tribute to all those who fought during this historic period.

HE LIMITED EDITION
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 150

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £175.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £365.00
Edition Size - 25

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
UK £425.00
Edition Size - 75

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10
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Overall print size: 36 ¼" wide x 21 ¼" high / Overall stretched giclée size: 42 wide x 21 high

Pacific Glory

On 23 December 1941, just days after their infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese captured Wake Island, a small, but strategic coral atoll in the western Pacific.

The small garrison of mainly US Marines had already repulsed one landing but, on 23 December, the Japanese succeeded. Wake fell, as had Guam before it and now, across the breadth of the south-west Pacific, islands large and small tumbled like dominos, as did Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Java and Burma. By March Australia stood on the brink of invasion and the might of Imperial Japan seemingly reigned supreme.

But Pearl Harbor was a hollow victory. Although the US Navy had suffered a calamity, the Japanese had failed to destroy the American carriers; a legacy that would soon return to haunt them. After stalemate at the Battle of the Coral Sea, there was no doubt of the outcome at the Battle of Midway where the American carriers inflicted a catastrophic defeat on the Japanese, who lost four carriers, a heavy cruiser, over 300 aircraft and 5,000 officers and men.

Fought at the beginning of June 1942, Midway marked the turning of the tide; the US Navy, its aviators and the Marines were back, stronger and more determined than ever. From now on the Japanese would be on the defensive. Over the next two years, the US Navy would build the largest naval force the Pacific had ever seen and one by one, island by island, base by base, the Allies would slowly advance in some of the bloodiest and most costly campaigns of World War 2. The Japanese now faced only the spectre of humiliation and defeat.

Anthony Saunders’ stunning painting graphically recalls a moment during the Allied fight-back. On 5 October 1943, ten months after the island had fallen to the Japanese, American naval aircraft raided Wake, one of many such operations carried out by the US Navy and Marines. At the forefront of the attack was Lt. Cmdr. Edward ‘Butch’ O’Hare, the US Navy’s first Ace and first Naval recipient of the Medal of Honor. Throwing his F6F Hellcat into a furious dogfight, he engages Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zeroes based on the island and in the process adds two more victories to his tally. Under O’Hare’s experienced guidance his young wingman, Lt. Alex Vraciu, claimed his first kill, and would later become one of the foremost Aces in the US Navy with 19 victories.

Each print in every edition has been personally signed by the artist along with a highly-distinguished Fighter Pilot who flew over 100 combat missions in Wildcats and Hellcats in the Pacific theatre:

Commander LESLIE FORTNER USN
Flying with VC-88 from the escort carrier USS Hoggatt Bay he supported the landings at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Lingayen, destroying a number of Japanese aircraft on the ground. In April 1945 he shot down a Kamikazi ‘Nick’ off Kerama Rhetto near Okinawa which was heading for the US Fleet.

THE TRIBUTE EDITIONS
Issued specially for the serious collector, this exclusive edition is limited to just five copies worldwide. Each print is issued with an original pencil drawing created to order by artist Anthony Saunders. Each drawing is conservation matted to include the original autographs of three US Navy Aces who flew Hellcats in the Pacific Theatre, including Alex Vraciu!

Commander ALEX VRACIU USN
19 victories

Captain RICHARD 'ZEKE' CORMIER USN
8 victories

Captain ARMISTEAD 'CHICK' SMITH USN
10 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 300

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £175.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £355.00
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10

THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability)
UK £1395.00
Edition Size - 5

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Safe Return

In recognition of the Wellington’s place in aviation history artist Anthony Saunders has chosen to depict an aircraft from 99 Squadron, the first squadron to be equipped with the type, as the subject of his detailed painting aptly named Safe Return. It portrays a scene that occurred at dawn on 29 February 1940 when one of the squadron’s bombers, with Pilot Officer Reginald Williams at the controls, returns over the North Sea having lost an engine. Low on power, Williams struggles to gain height in order to clear approaching cliffs. Thankfully he succeeded, managing to coax his damaged bomber back to base and for the action Williams was recommended for the DFC.

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 300

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £115.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £365.00
Edition Size - 25

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10

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Overall print size: 26 1/2 " wide x 19 1/4" high

Salute To The Brave

It was the crew’s first mission together; a raid on the Focke-Wulf fighter production factory in Bremen, but for rookie pilot Charlie Brown, on only his second combat mission, 20 December 1943 quickly turned into a nightmare. Flying with the 527th Bomb Squadron, his B-17 Ye Olde Pub was badly damaged over the target as intense, accurate flak took out one engine, damaged another and shattered the bomber’s nose. Down on power and slowing, he’d still managed to press home the attack and release his bomb load on target but, as they turned and headed for home, the crew found themselves falling behind the main formation. The straggler now became a magnet for the encircling enemy fighters, who pulverised the already battered Fortress.

Damage was severe: the rudder and port elevator were shattered and a third engine hit; the hydraulics, electrics, radio and oxygen systems were in pieces and the weapons froze. The fuselage was shredded by deadly cannon fire, killing the tail gunner and wounding others, including pilot Charlie Brown who was dazed and losing blood. The embattled Fortress soaked up the onslaught and somehow, but he didn’t know how, the rookie pilot kept the flying sieve in the air – just – because Ye Olde Pub was close to stalling.

It wasn’t long before Franz Stigler’s Bf109 was spotted approaching at speed; all on board believed their days were now finally numbered. But Luftwaffe Ace Stigler had other thoughts.

A seasoned Bf109 veteran with JG./27 who had previously served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, Stigler was also a chivalrous opponent, and as he circled the wrecked B-17 he could clearly see the dead tail-gunner and other badly wounded men obviously unable to bail out. Compassion took the better part of valour. It would have been ‘like shooting at a man in a parachute’ he was reported to have told Associated Press after the war and instead of shooting down the Fortress, with her dead and wounded, Stigler escorted the bomber over the North Sea coast on a heading for England – a scene brilliantly recreated in Anthony Saunders’ piece in which before departing, Stigler looked the relieved Brown in the eyes and raised his hand in a Salute to the Brave.

Stigler never reported the incident. Had he done so he would in all probability have been shot as a traitor yet many years later, through serendipity and good fortune, both men would meet again and become firm friends.

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 275

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £115.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £365.00
Edition Size - 25

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10

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Overall Print Size: 26 ½ x 19 ¼ / Overall stretched canvas size: 36" wide x 24" high

The Work Horse

In his breath-taking tribute to the Lancasters of Bomber Command and the crews who flew them, Anthony Saunders has chosen one of the 35 ‘ton-up’ Lancasters to take centre stage in his atmospheric piece The Work Horse. Using his considerable talent Anthony magically conjures up a glorious winter landscape just as it must have been on that cold, crisp, snow-clad morning of 5 January 1945 when Lancaster LM227 UL-I – call sign ‘I-Item’ of 576 Squadron once again made it safely home. Battle-scarred and with her paintwork showing the signs of a long, hard winter ‘I-Item’ descends gradually towards RAF Fiskerton. Now, with gear down on final approach, the weary pilot must concentrate hard as he steadies the bomber for touchdown. Behind them the rest of the squadron, some probably damaged with wounded on board, follow them home.

Adding great authenticity and in tribute to all those who flew in the bitter conflicts in the skies over Europe, each print is personally signed by WWII veterans who flew with 576 Squadron from RAF Fiskerton, as depicted in this moving piece, creating a unique collector’s edition.

THE SIGNATURES
Joining artist Anthony Saunders in signing the Limited Edition, Artist Proofs and Remarques are two highly-regarded aircrew who flew Lancasters with 576 Squadron during WWII:

Warrant Officer HARRY PARKINS
Flight Engineer with 630 & 546 Sqns

Warrant Officer ROY BRIGGS
Wireless Operator with 576 & 156 Sqns

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 250

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £175.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £365.00
Edition Size - 15

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10

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Overall Print Size: 26 ½ x 19 ¼ / Overall stretched canvas size: 36" wide x 24" high

Thunder In The Ardennes By Anthony Saunders

In the early hours of 16 December 1944, out of nowhere, hundreds of panzers and thousands of troops poured forward as Hitler launched the last great German offensive of the war and, for once, the Allies had been wrong-footed. The thinly-held Ardennes was the last place they’d been expecting a counter-attack, but now three German armies were heading west across an 80-mile front.

Caught off guard the Americans rushed in reinforcements, including the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions encamped near Reims, over a hundred miles away. Exhausted by the fighting in Holland during Operation Market Garden, they had been sent to Reims to recuperate. They never got the chance. Thrown into the thick of the action the 82nd helped to blunt the Germans’ advance to the north, whilst at Bastogne, a pivotal town further south, the 101st, surrounded, out-numbered and besieged, refused to surrender. The line held and three days before Christmas the panzers ground to a halt, stalled by lack of fuel.

As the weather improved the Allies could now bring their airpower into play. Hitler’s last gamble had failed.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Anthony Saunders, each print has been personally signed by two highly distinguished P-47 pilots who took part in the Battle of the Bulge:

First Lieutenant EDWARD J. LOPEZ DFC PH
Flew P-47s with the 365th Fighter Group and later the 387th Fighter Squadron during the Battle of the Bulge.

Colonel HERBERT L. PREVOST DFC
Flew P-47s with the 387th Fighter Squadron in the Ardennes and was awarded the DFC for helping to destroy seven tanks, three armored vehicles and five trucks in a single day.

THE COLLECTORS & REMARQUE EDITIONS
These SEVEN signature special editions have been additionally signed by veterans from the two US Airborne Divisions who fought at Bastogne, together with renowned fighter pilot Wayne Coleman:

Private 1st Class ARTHUR ‘ART’ PETERSEN
Jumped on D-Day with Fox Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne,. Wounded during Operation Market Garden, he re-joined in time to defend Bastogne.

Private 1st Class SALVADOR ‘SAL’ PEREZ
Jumped on D-Day with the Service Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne and fought throughout Normandy, Operation Market Garden and at Bastogne

Staff Sergeant LEO A. DUMOUCHELLE
Served in the 82nd Airborne Division with the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (C). Wounded in Belgium in September 1944 he returned to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

Captain DEAN McCANDLESS
Made four combat jumps with the 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne at Sicily, at Salerno, on D-Day and finally Operation Market Garden before fighting during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Captain WAYNE COLEMAN
Flew P-47s with the 78th Fighter Group on dive-bombing and strafing missions in support of the Normandy invasion and in the Ardennes. He later converted to P-51s and shot down three Fw190s in a single mission and an Me262 jet.

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
Using the very latest high-definition giclée technology Anthony Saunders’ fabulous painting THUNDER IN THE ARDENNES is faithfully replicated on canvas. Issued pre-stretched, each Giclée Studio Proof is hand-numbered and signed by the artist.

OVERALL CANVAS SIZE: 24" high x 36" wide

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 175

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
£150.00
Edition Size - 125

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £300.00
Edition Size - 25

THE GICLEE STUDIO PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £475.00
Edition Size - 10

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Overall Print Size: 31 ½ x 24

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