by Anthony Saunders
A tribute to all those who flew the magnificent de Havilland Mosquito during the Second World War
Born out of the company that had designed the DH.88 Comet high-speed racer, de Havilland’s Mosquito was one of the fastest, most versatile piston-engine aircraft of the war, designed from the outset as an aircraft that relied on speed rather than guns for defence. Powered by twin Merlin engines it was fast, highly manoeuvrable, and possessed the range to roam over enemy-occupied territory almost at will. Even more remarkable, with metal alloys in short supply, most of its fuselage and wings were constructed of balsa and lightweight ply, a unique feature that led to its affectionate nickname ‘The Wooden Wonder’. It would arguably become the most adaptable Allied aircraft of the war; outstanding as a fighter-bomber, night fighter, in coastal and shipping strikes, meteorological patrols and photo-reconnaissance operations.
The first unit to receive the Mosquito was 105 Squadron; taking delivery of their new machines in November 1941 and often operating alongside 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, they soon became experts on delivering blistering low-level precision strikes such as the audacious attack on the Gestapo headquarters building in Oslo on 25 September 1942. They are also the unit chosen by leading aviation artist Anthony Saunders to represent all those who flew the Mosquito in his dramatic painting Mosquito Thunder. Set on 1 April 1943 – the twenty-fifth anniversary of the RAF’s formation – Anthony depicts Sqn Ldr Roy Ralston DSO DFM leading a group of the squadron’s aircraft as they race home to RAF Marham following a highly successful strike on the railway workshops in the German city of Trier.
Faithfully reproduced as a Limited Edition print, each copy has been personally signed by artist Anthony Saunders and serves as a fitting tribute to all those who flew this magnificent aircraft during the Second World War.
The Limited Edition & Artist Proofs
Each print is exclusively hand-numbered and personally signed by the artist Anthony Saunders.
Widely considered as some of the best and largest in the industry, Anthony’s unique pencil remarques are individually created in the lower margin of the print. The first edition, consisting of 15 single sized remarques, are a perfect way to collect original art.
The Double Remarques
Created specially for the serious collector, these dramatic pieces are much bigger than a standard remarque and exclusively restricted to just 10 copies worldwide. The demand for these superb creations is such that we urge collectors to reserve their remarques early to avoid disappointment.
Giclée Studio Proofs
Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Studio Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating a stunning piece which has all the look and feel of an original painting. Fully authorised, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled, each canvas proof is supplied pre-stretched ready to simply drop into a frame of your choice.
Overall stretched canvas size: 36" wide x 24" high
- 22.25 x 14.75 inches
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Editions that feature original and unique artwork, such as Remarque, Tribute and matted editions, are specifically hand-crafted to order. As a result, our normal delivery policies do not apply to these items but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as your drawing is complete. If you have any particular request for your remarque drawing – such as specific aircraft markings – please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.
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