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David Pentland

Military art from the first world war to modern day conflicts, including a vast number of different tanks and armoured vehicles.  Also a number of aviation and naval art prints.

Nicolas Trudgian

World renowned aviation artist.  Cranston Fine Arts purchased the remaining stock of Nick's published work several years ago.  Most of the print editions we purchased cannot be found elsewhere - we hold the only stock.

Ivan Berryman

One of the most prolific artists around, Ivan has created a massive and spectacular portfolio of aviation and naval art, with other subjects like motor racing and even Star Wars also included.  In addition to his current portfolio, we can also commission Ivan to produce new paintings for our customers - please contact us for more details.

Randall Wilson

Randall has a superb portfolio of naval artwork featuring ships from around the world. 

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Latest Military Art Releases

 On the evening of 5th June 1944, at a dozen airfields across southern England, more than 13,000 American paratroopers prepared themselves for a mission that would change the course of history.  The next morning these brave young men found themselves at the forefront of the bitter fighting to secure the right flank of the Normandy beach-head.  The odds against them were huge and, if they failed, the American amphibious landings on Utah and Omaha beaches would face disaster - the destiny of the US First Army rested squarely on the shoulders of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

Final Roster by Anthony Saunders.
 Private and Officer - Royal Army Medical Corps, Surgeon-General - Army Medical Staff, Sergeant-Major - Royal Army Medical Corps.

Army Medical Corps by Richard Simkin
 Bridging, Review and Marching Order - Officers, Review Order - Field-Officer and Sapper, Constructing Shelter Trench.

Volunteer Royal Engineers by Richard Simkin
 Undress - Officer, Review Order - Field Officer and Officer, Review Order - 16 Pounder Rifled Muzzle-Loading Field Gun and Detachment.

Volunteer Royal Artillery by Richard Simkin

Latest Aviation Art Releases

 They came from every corner of Britain.  And mostly they were young.  These fresh faced fighter pilots, joined by an ever-growing band of volunteer airmen from the British Commonwealth and those who had managed to escape from the occupied countries of Europe would, over the summer of 1940, not only hold the world's most powerful air force at bay, they would defeat it.  Richard Taylor's stunning piece graphically conveys the conflicting realities of those deadly aerial encounters over southern England during 1940.  As the sound of Merlin engines briefly interrupts the tranquility of a sleepy English village, its residents are determined to carry on with everyday life.  In the skies overhead the bitter battle will shortly be reaching its crescendo but, for today at least, the fighting is over as Flight Sergeant George 'Grumpy' Unwin, one of the Battle of Britain's top Aces, and the Spitfire pilots of 19 Squadron return from yet another encounter with Goering's much-vaunted Luftwaffe.

Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor.
 A trio of Spitfire Mk1s of 603 Sqn based at Biggin Hill are depicted on patrol in the Summer skies above Kent during the height of the Battle of Britain in August 1940. Lead aircraft is N3288 XT-H flown by Plt Off George Gilroy who finished the war with 14 confirmed victories, 10 shared and a further 14 aircraft destroyed in actions in which he was directly involved.

Biggin Trio by Ivan Berryman.
 The air resonates to the unmistakable sound of Merlin engines as Lancasters from 630 and 57 Squadrons skim low over the Lincolnshire countryside whilst returning to their base at East Kirkby, in the summer of 1944.  RAF East Kirkby was home to Lancasters of 630 and 57 Squadrons who often flew together on long-range bombing raids including attacks against Berlin and Hitler's alpine home at Berchtesgaden.  It is of great historical importance that every print has been personally signed by one of the last surviving veterans based at RAF East Kirkby during WWII.

Return to East Kirkby by Richard Taylor.
 Spitfires of 616 Squadron scramble from RAF Kenley during the heavy fighting of the Battle of Britain, late August 1940.  Below them a Hurricane of 253 Squadron, sharing the same base, is being prepared for its next vital mission at a distant dispersal.  All through the long summer of 1940, as Britain stood alone, a small band of fighter pilots took part in the greatest aerial battle in history.  Day after day the men of Fighter Command valiantly took to the air to defend their country from the Luftwaffe and the threat of German invasion and Nazi tyranny.  Outnumbered, but never out-fought, they fought to the point of exhaustion and, in doing so, paid a heavy price.  But they won.

We All Stand Together by Robert Taylor.

Latest Naval Art Releases

 Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution was the third of her class to be constructed at Edmund Hartt's shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts, this fine ship spending most of her early years in local waters, protecting merchantmen from French marauders.  She is best remembered, however, for her decisive conquests against British ships during the war of 1812, among them the Guerriere against whom the Constitution gained her nickname 'Old Ironsides'.  She continued to serve until 1881 and is still afloat today, the oldest seagoing warship in the world.

USS Constitution - 'Old Ironsides' by Ivan Berryman.
 Arguably the best known warship in the world, and one of only a few survivors of her era, HMS Victory was the flagship of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805, leading the victorious British fleet into battle against the combined French and Spanish navies.  Severely damaged during the battle, she remained afloat at Portsmouth into the 20th century and is now preserved there in dry dock for future generations to visit.  Extraordinarily, HMS Victory is still a commissioned ship in the Royal Navy and is frequently used for ceremonial duties.

HMS Victory by Ivan Berryman.
 Launched at Bucklers Hard in Hampshire in 1803, the frigate HMS Euryalus is probably best known for the small part she played at Trafalgar.  She was one of four British frigates sent to observe the combined French and Spanish fleets as they left Cadiz for what would become the Battle of Trafalgar.  Having shadowed the enemy through the night, Euryalus sped ahead to warn the British fleet, commanded by Admiral Lord Nelson.  Too small to play a significant part in the battle itself, Euryalus stood off until the afternoon when she took the badly damaged Royal Sovereign in tow, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood transferring his flag to the little frigate following the death of Nelson.  By 1825, her career as a fighting ship was over and she was decommissioned to become a prison ship until the mid 1840s when she became a coal hulk.  She soldiered on in number of other menial roles until 1860 when she was finally broken up.

HMS Euryalus - Shadowing the Fleet by Ivan Berryman.
 Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar is depicted here passing the iconic Round Tower at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour before dropping anchor at Spithead in readiness for her next voyage.  With her is the sloop HMS Pickle, also a veteran of Trafalgar, who carried Admiral Collingwood's victory despatch to the Admiralty after the great battle had been won.

HMS Victory Departing Portsmouth by Ivan Berryman.

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 When the RAF took delivery of their first Consolidated B.24 Liberators in 1941, aerial cover for trans-Atlantic convoys was strengthened, affording these brave merchant ships a modicum of protection as they forged their slow passage from the US to Britain with vital supplies. 120 Sqn was immediately pressed into this role from their initial base at Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland, before moving to Ballykelly and Reykjavik in Iceland as the U-Boat threat increased. The example shown is a Liberator V of RAF Coastal Command.

The Long Patrol by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Dusk the Last Hour by David Dipnall.
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Lancaster CF-X (LM384) of 625 Squadron.  On the Leipzig raid on the evening of 19th/20th February 1944 approx 47 Lancasters were shot down or failed to return, that is over 300 airmen.  Lancaster CF-X (LM384) was taking part in the bombing raids that were a build up to the D-Day landings of June 1944.  Leipzig was seen as a high value target due to its oil and synthetic fuel production.  The Lancaster took off from Kelstern in Lincolnshire just before midnight.  Unfortunately LM384 did not come back as was the case with many others - the aircraft was lost and crashed just outside the tiny village of Bledeln in Germany.  The Pastor of the village, Herr Duncker, kept a diary throughout the war and has an account of the plane crash and the subsequent burial of the crew.  All of the crew died in the crash except one - bomb aimer George Paterson who was interned in Stalag 357 Kopernikus.  The rest of the crew were given a Christian burial and stayed there until the end of the war, when the war graves commission disinterred the crew and reburied them in the Hannover war cemetery.

Last Long Shadow by Anthony Saunders. (B)
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Hurricane LK-M of No.87 Squadron piloted by Flt Lt Alex Thom DFC limps over the south coast of England on 19th August 1942. While supporting troops on the ground at Dieppe, the Hurricane was hit by ground fire and lost oil pressure. Alex Thom got the damaged aircraft back to Britain, making a forced landing at East Den. Ferried back to 87 Sqn's airfield, he immediately set off once more for Dieppe in Hurricane LK-A.

A Welcome Shore by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment at Audregneis, 24th August 1914 by David Rowlands. (Y)
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SWSR338.  After Dinner by Donna Crawshaw.
After Dinner by Donna Crawshaw
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Lester Piggott by Gary Keane. (Y)
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 Superb figure study of the 82nd Airborne in 1944.

82nd Airborne by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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 In 1992 Matthew graduated in Geography from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Rowing Club.  He took part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in 1990 and 1991, when Oxford beat Cambridge by substantial distances.  Also in 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a coxless pair with partner Sir Steve Redgrave, he won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.  Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten international season, and it was already obvious that Matthew was developing to become one of the world's greatest oarsmen.  At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Pinsent / Redgrave duo won another gold medal and throughout the nineties their outstanding combination also brought them seven world championship golds.  Their unbroken run of success continued through to the millennium Olympic games in Sydney when Pinsent, again with Redgrave (now in a coxless four with James Cracknell and Tim Foster) again triumphed earning Pinsent his third Olympic gold medal.  The race in which he did it was voted Britain's greatest sporting moment and the crew secured themselves a very special place in the heart of the nation.  After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible coxless pair partnership with James Cracknell MBE.  Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the coxless pair at the world championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the coxed pairs.  In the 2002 world championships in Seville they defended their coxless pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew who had beaten them in Lucerne earlier in the year and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.  On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic games, Matthew Pinsent CBE entered Olympic history.  In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian world champions by only eight hundredths of a second.  Matthew was awarded the MBE in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2003.  In the 2005 New Year's Honours List he was awarded a knighthood.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE by James Owen.
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 Damon Hill, World Champion

King of the Track by Stuart Coffield
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SPC5002. Jeremy Guscott by Robert Highton.

Jeremy Guscott by Robert Highton.
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FAR635. Muirfield - 13th Hole by Mark Chadwick

Muirfield - 13th Hole by Mark Chadwick
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Epsom Trophy, Polo Championship

Epsom Trophy by Mark Churms.
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 Carl Fogarty testing the new Foggy Petronas FP1 at Brands Hatch, 2003.
Back on Track by Dave Foord. (Y)
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 Michael Schumacher wins again!

From Pole to Flag by Graham Bosworth
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Richard Brooke


RICHARD NORRIS BROOKE (1847-1920)

I was born at Warrenton, Va. Oct. 20, 1847. My father, while I was yet a child, had-made arrangements through his friend Dr. Van Dyke of N.Y. to have- me study sculpture in Rome under Barbee.
The War intervened, and at its close, I went to Philadelphia in Oct. 1865, to procure an outfit to edit a newspaper in Warrenton. (The 'True Index')
In Philadelphia my old propensity revived and, with the aid of my uncle Thaddeus Norris, who lived there and knew the ante bellum plan, and by the advice of Lambdin and Sarteau (artists), I entered the Pennsylvania Academy and took instruction under Edmund Bonsell, illustrator, who made me copy the entire series of colored plates of anatomy. In 1866, I succeeded to the classes of Hebes Reed, deceased, in Mount Vernon Institute, Brad St. Military Academy, and Villa Nova College.
With these and illustrating I supported myself until after a breakdown of health in 1869, I competed in a portrait exhibition for the Chair of Fine Arts, Virginia Military Institute. Feeling buried there, I resigned in 1872, and in 1873, was appointed U.S. Consul at La Rochelle, France. From thence after a visit home in 1877, I went to Paris and studied under Leon Bonnat. Returned in 1879 and painted 'The Pastoral Visit', bought by the Corcoran Gallery. Settled in Washington in 1880 at 'Vernon Row' (note - a number of congenial artist friends located at VR between 9th and 10th Streets on Pennsylvania Ave.). Vice President Washington Art Club 1881-84. Made five visits to Europe to compose the Waggaman Collection. Studied one season (1888) with Carolus Duran.

(Biographical Sketch written by Richard N. Brooke, in a copy made by Jeannie Brooke Ruffin)


Richard Norris Brooke (1847-1920), a native of Warrenton, Virginia, established a reputation in the 1880’s as a painter of Negro subjects. His 'Pastoral Visit' of 1880 was for many years one of the most popular paintings at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. 'Dog Swap' was less well known, but is perhaps the finer painting. Brooke's choices of subject and his reasons for these choices, as well as the critical reaction the painting received, reflect artistic and social values of the time. His embryonic artistic career was interrupted by the Civil War.
Afterwards, he was able to study at the Pennsylvania Academy, and in 1877-78 he studied in Paris with Leon Bonnat, the realist and fashionable portrait painter who was also a mentor of Thomas Eakins. A large canvas, 'The Pastoral Visit', was his first major painting after his return from France. In it he showed a dignified elderly black minister seated at a table with a family of his parishioners. When Brooke offered this to the Board of the Corcoran for purchase, he explained his purpose:

••• It must have struck many of you that the fine range of subject afforded by Negro domestic life has been strangely abandoned to works of flimsy treatment and vulgar exaggeration. That peculiar humor which is characteristic of the race, and varies with the individual, cannot be thus crudely conveyed.

In entering this field, by the advice of many of my Artist friends, and with the equipment of a foreign training, I have had a deliberate purpose in view. It has been my aim while recognizing in proper measure the humorous features of my subject, to elevate it to that plane of sober and truthful treatment which, in French Art, has dignified the Peasant subjects of Jules Breton, and should characterize every work of Art. I am pleased to think, from the reception given by the public to this effort. that my object, however realized! ha,s been felt and appreciated. (Apr 18, 1881)


The varying critical attitudes towards 'Dog Swap' may have been similar to those accorded to the more famous Corcoran picture. Both are well painted. What is also important here is that in the 1880s a Southern artist wanted to depict his fellow Southerners, the Negroes, in a sympathetic and dignified light, even though he saw them in a hierarchical status different from his own, just as French middle-class artists saw their peasants as different from themselves. Brooke saw the Negroes as an integral part of Southern culture and wanted to represent them as such. (From Painting in the South: 1564 – 1980, the catalogue of an exhibition held Sept 14 1983 – Feb 3, 1985 at the Virginia Museum, Richmond, and other museums)


THE GOLDEN AGE, 1875-1915

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Washington participated in that great florescence in the arts that permeated all of Western society and that largely emanated out of Paris. Inspired by Baron Hausmann's remaking of Paris, Alexander 'Boss' Shepherd transformed Washington from a raw village into a cosmopolitan center, while William Wilson Corcoran revived the city’s importance as an art center when he established his noted gallery and school of art.
Drawn by the Capital's amenities and by the opportunities offered in the burgeoning federal bureaucracy, the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran School of Art, artists came in large numbers and for the first time in the city's history created a rich sense of community. Diversity was the hallmark of the period, although radically innovative art movements such as Symbolism and Impressionism were never fully accepted in Washington. For the first time also, identifiable black artists began to emerge in significant numbers. Emulating the somber moods of the Barbizon masters painters of the Washington Landscape School such as Richard Norris Brooke, Max Weyl and William Henry Holmes joined efforts in recording the rapidly disappearing beauties of Rock Creek and the Potomac, creating some of the most enduring images associated with the Capital.
With the growing importation of transient artists from the 1890s on to work on such projects as the new Library of Congress and the redesigned Mall and to participate in the Corcoran Gallery's biennial exhibitions, local traditions began to decline. The death of such favorite local artists as Brooke, Weyl, Edmund Clarence Messer and James Henry Moser hastened the decline ending a rare moment of felicitous artistic expression in the Capital's history. (From The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800-1912 catalogue printed on the occasion of an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Oct. 19, 1983-Jan. 22, 1984)


The picture by which he (RNB) is represented in the Corcoran Gallery, 'The Pastoral Visit,' an ante-bellum subject, is excellent, but he himself greatly preferred his landscape paintings, and it was in producing these that he found greatest joy and satisfaction. The themes that appealed to him most were those found in the vicinity of his old home at Warrenton, Va., simple views of rolling country, lovely because of color and tonal effects.
He was one who painted for the sheer love of expression, and found endless delight in the beauty of nature. He was almost morbidly conscientious, unselfish, self-effacing, but he had a boyish love of a holiday and ability for keen enjoyment.
He was an excellent and an ardent teacher, and by his pupils at the Corcoran Gallery, and earlier at the Art Students' League, as well as in his summer classes, he was regarded as a boon companion and was much beloved. He will not only be mourned, but missed; his passing leaves a gap in the ranks which will be hard to fill. (Excerpt from commemorative article in The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C., May 2 1920)



Many, many thanks to Edith Brooke Roberts for providing all of the information in this biography. Richard Norris Brooke was her great uncle.

Richard Brooke

 

 

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