Dame Vera Lynn by Steve Teasdale
PUBLISHED IN SUPPORT OF THE DAME VERA LYNN CHILDREN'S CHARITY
During the darkest days of WWII, as Hitler’s war machine attempted to pound Great Britain into submission, Vera Lynn became synonymous with the indomitable spirit of the British people. One of the most celebrated performers of the 1940s, her hugely popular radio shows, recordings and films endeared her to the public, helping to reinforce Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s ‘never give up’ spirit.
Performing such classic songs as ‘We’ll meet again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ made a significant contribution to the moral of British and Allied soldiers during WWII. Her unwavering support for the troops saw her performing tirelessly, travelling to Burma, Egypt and India, often in hostile conditions. In fact such was Vera Lynn’s universal appeal that many a Luftwaffe pilot risked disciplinary action to tune in to the BBC just to hear her voice.
Reproduced from an original work, in charcoal and pastel by portrait artist Steve Teasdale, each print is personally autographed by Dame Vera, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to acquire a unique and historic collector’s item.
Each copy is issued conservation matted, individually numbered and personally signed by the artist along with Dame Vera Lynn:
Dame VERA LYNN CH DBE OStJ
After the war she continued an incredible career as a singer and songwriter and in 1952 became the first British artist to have a No.1 record in the US, remaining there for nine weeks, and at the same time had a remarkable three records in the top ten on the first UK singles chart.
In a career spanning over 70 years her last public performance was in 1995 at Buckingham Palace. She is the only artist to span the British charts across 60 years from its inception in 1952 to becoming the oldest living artist to have a No.1 album in 2009 at the age of 92. Having devoted much of her life to charity, she is regarded as a ‘National Treasure’ by WWII veterans and the public alike and will become the oldest person to release a new album to mark her 100th birthday.
THE LIMITED EDITION
THE ARTIST PROOFS
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
Easy Company - The Taking Of Carentan
"You have a rendezvous with destiny!" – promised Major Gen William Lee to his men as the 101st Airborne Division was activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, 15 August 1942. And the first place they kept that rendezvous was Normandy. Specially commissioned by the Military Gallery, this dramatic new limited edition by Chris Collingwood, one of Britain’s foremost figure artists, portrays the men of Easy Company as they fight their way through the bullet-swept streets of Carentan. Facing the enemy in close combat house-to-house street fighting, the paratroopers relentlessly pounded the enemy until the last vestiges of German resistance were overwhelmed and the objective taken. But for the men of Easy Company and the 101st Airborne, this action is just the beginning of their distinguished but savage war. Others will follow: the liberation of the first Dutch city, Eindhoven; the siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; and ultimately, the capture of Hitler’s ‘Eagles Nest’ at Berchtesgaden.
Published in tribute to the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division who spearheaded the D-Day invasion in June 1944, five distinguished Easy Company veterans who fought with this courageous outfit in World War II have personally hand-signed each print, giving a special credence to this remarkable edition.
Corporal HERB 'Jr' SUERTH
The Limited Edition
Victoria Cross Edition Companion Print
Mosquitos At Dusk by Gerald Coulson
A TRIBUTE TO THE DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE MILITARY GALLERY
To celebrate more than forty years as the world's foremost aviation and military art publisher, we are delighted to present an outstanding Masterwork by Gerald Coulson, specially released from the archives of the Military Gallery.
It was probably the most versatile aircraft of World War Two and the missions undertaken by the Mosquito and her crews have rarely been equalled for their daring or precision. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the 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 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 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 ﬁnal preparations for the night’s operations.
The heroic crews who ﬂew the ‘wooden wonder’ had nerves of steel and carried out some of the most audacious missions of WWII. The Military Gallery is therefore honoured that the edition is signed by men who ﬂew the Mosquito in combat, adding great provenance to this poignant and atmospheric release.
Flt Lt TERRY CLARK DFM AE
Flt Lt ROGER CALVERT
THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
Flt Lt COLIN BELL DFC AE
Fg Off CHARLES PARKER DFM
Fg Off KEN OATLEY
Flt Lt GEORGE DUNN DFC
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 WWII:
Sqn Ldr FRED CRAWLEY DFC
Gp Cpt LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC* (matted)
THE LIMITED EDITION
THE COLLECTORS EDITION
THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
THE VICTORIA CROSS EDITION
Image size: 32½" wide x 14¼" high
Silent Fortress by Randall Scott
The Military Gallery is pleased to announce the release of a outstanding Limited Edition print from a specially commissioned painting by Randall Scott, There are few scenes quite so evocative as the vision of a once mighty warbird resting silently in its watery grave, a tranquil underwater world so alien to the world that it was created to fly and fight in. Far removed from the hostile skies of Europe and the long hours of tension, cold and extreme danger endured by its crew, this potent warrior now lies peacefully, its guns silent and quiet forever in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean where it came to rest so many years ago. This is without doubt an extraordinary and moving tribute to those young airmen of the USAAF.
Each print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist.
Overall Print Size: 33½” wide x 23” high