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Photo-shoot - WW1 painting by Graham Turner showing RFC BE2 aeroplane Photo-shoot Ref: GT-GW15

A BE2e flies over the Western Front on a photo-reconnaissance mission, the pilot operating the lever that would change the glass negative plates in externally mounted C-type camera, while the observer struggles to aim his Lewis gun.

The BE2 was designed as a stable observation platform before the role of the aeroplane in warfare had been properly understood, so was originally completely unarmed. Various rather ‘Heath-Robinson’ gun-mounting brackets were adopted to try to remedy this, but the basic problem of the observer’s very restricted position among the struts and wires can clearly be seen. (Note the alternative gun mounting attached to one of the forward struts. Countless BE2 crews were shot down and killed whilst bravely flying over enemy lines to bring back vital photographs of troop movements, trenches, artillery positions, and other crucial information.

Oil on Canvas, canvas size 26" x 18" (66cm x 46cm). Painting is framed - overall size including frame is approximately 31"x 23" (79cm x 59cm) (Scroll down to see a photo of the painting in its frame)

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Price: 3,950.00

Below is a close up cropped detail image from 'Photo-shoot'.
Detail from 'Photo-shoot' - WW1 painting by Graham Turner showing RFC BE2 aeroplane
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(Right) Graham Turner creating his oil painting 'Contact'.
Purchasing an Original Painting
'Letter from Home - Royal Flying Corps Pilot with SE5a - WW1 Aviation painting by Graham Turner GAvA
Winner of the Cross & Cockade Award for the best First World War aviation painting at the 2019 Guild of Aviation Artists 'Aviation Painting of the Year' Exhibition, held at the Mall Galleries in London.'Letter from Home - Royal Flying Corps Pilot with SE5a - WW1 Aviation painting by Graham Turner GAvA
Award Winning First World War Aviation Art

Graham Turner's original oil painting Into the Hands of Fate (right) achieved award success at the 2013 Guild of Aviation Artists annual exhibition, held in the prestigious Mall Galleries, London, where it was awarded the Cross and Cockade prize for the best First World War aviation painting, the Roy Nockolds Trophy (voted for by the public), and was runner up for the two top awards - the Aviation Painting of the Year and Flypast Fellows Award for Excellence.

He also won the Roy Nockolds Trophy in 2011, the first time he exhibited with the Guild, for his painting 'Steady Boy', and was Highly Commended for 'Thank You Harry Tate' in 2012, both 'Victor & Vanquished' and 'Contact' in 2015, 'Replacements' in 2016, and 'Letter from Home' in 2017. Letter from Home also won the Wilkinsons Sword Poignard for the Best Oil Painting.

The 2018 and 2019 exhibitions saw him again win the Cross and Cockade award for his paintings 'Dawn of the Machines' and 'Photo-shoot'
RFC FE2b original WW1aviation painting by Graham Turner
First World War Aviation prints

A selection of Graham Turner's First World War paintings are available from Studio 88 as high quality giclée prints - on paper or canvas. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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