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Don Breckon

Don Breckon was born in 1935 in Northamptonshire and is married with three children. He trained at the Bath Academy of Art and went to teach art at schools in Bedford and Reading. His painting during this period ranged from city scapes to abstracts and other experimental work. He contributed regularly to local galleries and to open exhibitions and in 1969 he reduced his teaching to part time in order to develop his own painting. His work was then becoming related to railway themes and was included in two travelling exhibitions at the Industrial Artists Group. Today his work is entirely involved with the railway scene and he has appeared on television and had two books published on his work.

Landscape Prints - Don Breckon

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Liverpool English Electric tram no.762 turns into Castle Street on an Autumn evening in the 1950s.  No.762 was one of twelve bogie cars built in the 1930s.  On 14th September 1957, the last of the pool trams were withdrawn.......Evening in Castle Street by Don Breckon.Liverpool English Electric tram no.762 turns into Castle Street on an Autumn evening in the 1950s. No.762 was one of twelve bogie cars built in the 1930s. On 14th September 1957, the last of the pool trams were withdrawn.......1 print edition available from £160.00

Train Prints - Don Breckon

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Probabaly set in the 1930s or 40s, a young boy runs along the pathway near the railway line as the steam engine passes, one of the classic railway locomotive images by one of the leading railway artists.......Racing the Train by Don Breckon.Probabaly set in the 1930s or 40s, a young boy runs along the pathway near the railway line as the steam engine passes, one of the classic railway locomotive images by one of the leading railway artists.......2 print editions available from £18.00
FAR0383. In Town Tonight by Don Breckon. ......In Town Tonight by Don Breckon.FAR0383. In Town Tonight by Don Breckon. ......1 print edition available from £48.00
<b>Only 26 prints available of this sold out edition.</b>......Country Connection by Don Breckon.Only 26 prints available of this sold out edition.......2 print editions available from £48.00
An LMS Black Five 4.6.0 locomotive heads the boat train to Kyle of Lochalsh along the southern shore of Loch Carron.  After the 82 mile rail journey from Inverness the train would connect at Kyle with the boat fro the crossing to the Isle of Skye.  T......Skye Boat Train by Don Breckon.An LMS Black Five 4.6.0 locomotive heads the boat train to Kyle of Lochalsh along the southern shore of Loch Carron. After the 82 mile rail journey from Inverness the train would connect at Kyle with the boat fro the crossing to the Isle of Skye. T......1 print edition available from £48.00
<b>This is a sold out edition at the publisher.  We have the last remaining copies.......
City Trams by Don Breckon.This is a sold out edition at the publisher. We have the last remaining copies.......1 print edition available from £42.00
<b>This is a sold out edition at the publisher.  We have the last remaining copies.......
Along the Fowey by Don BreckonThis is a sold out edition at the publisher. We have the last remaining copies.......1 print edition available from £42.00
<b>This is a sold out edition at the publisher.  We have the last 50 remaining copies.......
Club Run by Don BreckonThis is a sold out edition at the publisher. We have the last 50 remaining copies.......1 print edition available from £42.00
The No.26 tram to Burnside passes the bustling <i>Umbrella</i> at Bridgeton cross on a rainy Saturday night in Glasgow, 1955.  In the background, the Olympia cinema is showing the latest big movie - <i>Young at Heart</i> starring Doris Day and Frank ......
Saturday Night by Don Breckon.The No.26 tram to Burnside passes the bustling Umbrella at Bridgeton cross on a rainy Saturday night in Glasgow, 1955. In the background, the Olympia cinema is showing the latest big movie - Young at Heart starring Doris Day and Frank ......1 print edition available from £48.00
<b>This is a sold out edition at the publisher.  We have the last 82 remaining copies.......Winter Steam by Don Breckon.This is a sold out edition at the publisher. We have the last 82 remaining copies.......1 print edition available from £42.00
Jubilee class 4 - 6 - 0 locomotive no. 45684 Jutland at Kettering, with a northbound express from St Pancras.  Boys from the town school mingle with porters and passengers enjoying the atmosphere of a main line station.  The engine was built for the ......
Calling at Kettering by Don Breckon.Jubilee class 4 - 6 - 0 locomotive no. 45684 Jutland at Kettering, with a northbound express from St Pancras. Boys from the town school mingle with porters and passengers enjoying the atmosphere of a main line station. The engine was built for the ......1 print edition available from £48.00
A Birmingham tram picks up passengers on a foggy morning.  No.723 was one of a batch built in 1925 - 1926.  The distinctive tall and narrow trams of Birmingham - guage 3ft 6in - ran for the last time in 1953.<br>Original painting painted in 1979, pri......Number 33 Tram by Don Breckon.A Birmingham tram picks up passengers on a foggy morning. No.723 was one of a batch built in 1925 - 1926. The distinctive tall and narrow trams of Birmingham - guage 3ft 6in - ran for the last time in 1953.
Original painting painted in 1979, pri......
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This superb Don Breckon painting painted in 1988 was released as a print in around 1990, and these are much sought after.  The last train pulled out of Much Wenlock railway station in 1962.  The old railway house is now a private residence.  The rail......Much Wenlock by Don Breckon.This superb Don Breckon painting painted in 1988 was released as a print in around 1990, and these are much sought after. The last train pulled out of Much Wenlock railway station in 1962. The old railway house is now a private residence. The rail......1 print edition available from £130.00
The first train run by the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society arriving at Rhydyronen Station on Whit Monday, 14th May 1951, hauled by locomotive No.2 Dolgoch, built for the railway in 1866.......Preservation Pioneer by Don Breckon.The first train run by the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society arriving at Rhydyronen Station on Whit Monday, 14th May 1951, hauled by locomotive No.2 Dolgoch, built for the railway in 1866.......1 print edition available from £110.00
A 1930s steam locomotive on the Great Western Railway passes through a level crossing, while a family sit on the embankment with their blue Austin 7 parked nearby.<br>Published in 1993.......Beside the Pond by Don Breckon.A 1930s steam locomotive on the Great Western Railway passes through a level crossing, while a family sit on the embankment with their blue Austin 7 parked nearby.
Published in 1993.......
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Great Western Railway 2-6-2	T Prairie Tank locomotive no.4571 heads a two coach local train through hilly countryside on a cross-country route.  The driver of an Austin saloon car has pulled in off the road just in time for his sons to scramble up th......
Cross Country by Don Breckon.Great Western Railway 2-6-2 T Prairie Tank locomotive no.4571 heads a two coach local train through hilly countryside on a cross-country route. The driver of an Austin saloon car has pulled in off the road just in time for his sons to scramble up th......1 print edition available from £140.00
The painting shows a quiet country railway crossing as a train passes through while a local postman chats to the occupant of the house near the crossing.  The steam engine is the 1521 which was built in 1909 and 1521 appeared in Southern livery from ......Morning Delivery by Don Breckon.The painting shows a quiet country railway crossing as a train passes through while a local postman chats to the occupant of the house near the crossing. The steam engine is the 1521 which was built in 1909 and 1521 appeared in Southern livery from ......2 print editions available from £18.00
<b>SOLD OUT.......Day Trip by Don Breckon.SOLD OUT.......All 1 print edition sold out.

 

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 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.  Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield.

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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Magdeburg, Germany, 10th April 1945.  Attacking from behind and above, ObLt.Walter Schuck, Staffelkapitain of 3./JG7, ripped through the massed boxes of 8th Airforce B17s, downing four in a single high speed pass.

Deadly Pass by David Pentland. (P)
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 10th May 1972. Lt. Curt Dose together with his RIO, LCDR Jim McDevitt line up their F-4J Phantom prior to landing on the USS Constellation following their first successful target CAP of the day. During this mission they claimed a MiG-21F after a ultra-low level supersonic flight over the North Vietnamese airfield of Kep, northeast of Hanoi.
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 Two Spitfire Mk1Bs of 92 Squadron patrol the south coast from their temporary base at Ford, here passing over the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight, in the Spring of 1942.

In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (J)
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 Depicting a Hercules dropping Paras at low level.

Low Level Para Drop by Tim Fisher.
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 Flying his last mission with his old mount, Hawker Tempest EJ762, fresh from repair after being damaged by flak, David Fairbanks found himself embroiled in a fierce battle with Messerschmitt Bf109s on 17th December 1944.  In the course of the combat, Fairbanks shot down two of the enemy aircraft and damaged another before returning safely.

Foob Fairbanks - The Terror of the Rhine by Ivan Berryman.
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 Undoubtedly one of the truly great Aces of the First World War, William Billy Bishop became celebrated for his technique of actively seeking out the enemy and bringing the fight to him, rather than the more usual practice of patrolling in search of enemy activity. An example of this was his single-handed attack on a German airfield in June 1917 when he destroyed not only a number of aircraft on the ground, but then successfully despatched another seven Albatross scouts that took off to engage him. For this action, he was awarded the Victoria Cross in August 1917 and his final tally when the war ended was 72 confirmed victories. He is depicted here in his Nieuport Scout B1566 in combat with a Pfalz D.III.

Captain William Billy Bishop by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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 A pair of Spitfire Mk.IXEs of 611 Squadron make their way home from a patrol during the summer of 1942. At this time 611 Squadron were based at Kenley and were the first squadron to receive the new Mk.IX putting it on equal terms, for the first time, with the formidable Focke-Wulf 190.

Spitfire Mk.IXE by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
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 Forming part of the Eastern Task Force covering the landings at Normandy in June 1944, the cruiser HMS Mauritius is shown in company with the monitor HMS Roberts and the cruiser HMS Frobisher shelling German batteries at Merville, Houlgate and Benerville as the combined British and American forces embark upon what would become known forever as D-Day.

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 Under lowering arctic skies HMS Belfast (Admiral Burnets Flagship) leads HMS Sheffield and HMS Norfolk in the race to protect convoy JW55B from Scharnhorst.

HMS Belfast During the Battle of North Cape by Randall Wilson. (Y)
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VAR346B.  H.M.A.S. Manoora 1940 by Brian Wood.
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 Built in Barrow-in-Furness and the 7th and last of the Trafalgar class of British submarines, HMS Triumph is one of the most modern and potent vessels of her kind.  Selected in March 2011 to take part in the coalition suppression of Colonel Gadaffi's attacks against his own people, HMS Triumph fired a number of TLAMs (Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles) aimed at air defence targets on the Libyan mainland at the outset of coalition operations, helping to reduce the threat of air attacks by the Libyan Air Force.

HMS Triumph by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 HMS Vanguard in company with HMS Indefatigable.

HMS Vanguard by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 The battered Bismarck fires its final salvos, during the last stage of the battle, 27th May 1941.
Death of the Bismarck by Brian Wood.
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Leading 30th Corps assault across the Seine at Vernon, 43rd Wessex Division gained an initial foothold on the east bank.  Heroic efforts however by the Royal Engineers of 71st, 72nd and 73rd Field Companies, succeeded in constructing a Class 9 Bailey bridge (David, shown left) and a Second Class 40 bridge (Goliath, shown right)  Despite constant enemy fire this amazing feat was achieved in only 2 days, and allowed 15/19th Hussars Cromwells and 4.7th Dragoons Guards Shermans to cross just in time to repulse a serious German counter attack by Tiger IIs of SS Panzer Abteilung 101.

David and Goliath, Vernon, France, 27th August 1944 by David Pentland. (GS)
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 Churchill MkIV tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade (comprised of 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards and 3rd Battalion Scots Guards), pass infantry of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Battle for Caumont.

Operation Bluecoat, normandy, 30th July 1944 by David Pentland. (GS)
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 Sturmtigers of Sturmmorser Company 1002, commanded by Lieutenant Zippel, take on ammunition in preparation for the battle to come. These fearsome monsters 38cm rocket projectors could penetrate up to 2.5m of reinforced concrete. Luckily for the Allies only 18 were completed by the wars end.

Preparing for the Day, the Reichswald, February 1945 by David Pentland.
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 King Tigers of Kampfgruppe von Rosen, 3rd Company Heavy Tank Battalion 503, preparing to move out from the Tisza bridgehead to counter Soviet pressure on German forces attacking to the northwest at Debrecen during the first battles to defend the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Tigers in the Mist by David Pentland.
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 Vielsalm, Belgium, 22nd December 1944.  Men of the 508th PIR, along with the rest of the 82nd Airborne Division were rushed to the Ardennes and deployed in an attempt to halt the onslaught of 6th SS Panzer Army, specifically Kampfgruppe Peiper.

Holding the Line by David Pentland. (AP)
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Lieut. George Cairns of the South Staffordshire Regiment at the Battle of Pagoda Hill, Burma, 13th March 1944, along with the 3rd/6th Gurkha Rifles.
Lieutenant George Cairns VC, at the Battle of Pagoda Hill, Burma 13th March 1944 by David Rowlands (GL)
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 Oberfeldwebel Albert Kerscher, commander of 2nd company 511 Heavy Tank Battalion aided by a Panzer IV, two Hetzers, a Kingtiger and a Pak gun, successfully defended against concerted Soviet air and armoured attacks, his action buying valuable time for the evacuation of German wounded from Pilau and scoring his 100th victory in the process.

Kerschers Defence of Neuhauser Forest by David Pentland.
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 During the morning of June 7th the 82nd Airborne were attacked by a mixed German battle group. Supported by 4th Division armour the Paratroopers and Glider troops repelled the attack which lasted most of the day.

Fighting for a Foothold, 82nd Airborne at St Mere Eglise, 1944 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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