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    Had a bit of a result when visiting a junk/retro store in Lewes today - managed to pick up a framed print of this image for a tenner, thought it would look nice up in the 'Orderly Room' and it looked familiar.



    It's an artwork done by GH (George Horace) Davis in 1919 - apparently called 'Putting Out The Eyes' or something like that - Davis was a British illustrator who created many pictures for the Illustrated London News and who also painted some of the most iconic images of WWI aerial combat as well as technical & cut away drawings many of us will have seen. Later on he added WW2 aircraft and Naval images to his portfolio amongst many other subjects.
    http://downthetubes.net/?p=29350

    Well it caught my eye amongst the other treasures and bric-a-brac, I will get a pic of it soon.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Great find, Dave! I'm not sure that I've seen it before, but something about it strikes a familiar chord.

    Thanks for sharing the artist's bio, as well.

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    Nice find, Dave. I've seen a number of Davis' works, including a couple that were published in Life Magazine in the 60s.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    That was a great catch Dave!
    Will certainly enhance the Games Room.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    That was a great 'find', Dave! Like Christopher, it seems vaguely familiar to me. Was there a movie poster based on it, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    That was a great 'find', Dave! Like Christopher, it seems vaguely familiar to me. Was there a movie poster based on it, perhaps?
    No idea David, it is described as one of his well known 'iconic' pieces of work though and I recognised some of his other work - this being one of them from the IWM:


    This is called 'Closing Up' - A bombing formation of British DH9a biplanes closing up to beat off an enemy formation of Fokker triplanes, 1919 oil on canvas.
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    Yep - these are really classy paintings. Nice one Dave

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    Finally got round to adding the pic of the pic
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    Worth every penny !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Looks good; a great addition to the war room.

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Very nice atmospheric art.

    If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down. -Jimmy Doolittle

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    Thanks, it kinda sets the tone against some of my more frivolous acquisitions for the war room.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    This sounds like a good topic for a new thread, Dave - or perhaps one already exists? The War Room, or Where I Play Games - you should post pics of your Man Cave for all to see and admire. Then others could do the same, sharing their gaming spaces and decor - I'm sure we'd see some splendid stuff

    All the best,
    Matt

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    That would be a nice thread Matt - between rooms just now myself - decorating before downsizing - though I'm angling for an outbuilding of some sort once we move that I can trick out as my war room with an 8x6 table, storage for all my toys, hammock etc !
    I have the 'Orderly Room' sign from my old unit, some metal posters, a mock RAF sector clock, even have a glass eagle ornament. One day I'll get there.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Love the print Dave.

    A war room thread would be nice to see. At the moment where I paint I call the Man Pit. Soon (by the end of summer!) the whole room will be set up as the Battlefield/War Room/Command Center....

    I have 2 WWI prints on the wall with other ACW and Napoleonics. Where it the proper thread for photos?

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    Nice find, Dave.
    Voilą le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Perhaps starting a thread under the Officers' Mess would be the place, Peter? I'm sure pictures would run the whole spectrum, from spartan/utilitarian 'focus on the game'-type shots to those with more 'decorated' natures. I would love to see what everyone uses for their gaming space - dining room tables to special outbuildings like Dave hopes to eventually have. I am always after new ideas and love to see what others have as decortion and art. My Man Cave is a section of basement with a ping-pong table as the gaming table/spread-out work space. Posting pics might be the impetus I need to get it organized and up to SWMBO speed...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Perhaps starting a thread under the Officers' Mess would be the place, Peter? I'm sure pictures would run the whole spectrum, from spartan/utilitarian 'focus on the game'-type shots to those with more 'decorated' natures. I would love to see what everyone uses for their gaming space - dining room tables to special outbuildings like Dave hopes to eventually have. I am always after new ideas and love to see what others have as decortion and art. My Man Cave is a section of basement with a ping-pong table as the gaming table/spread-out work space. Posting pics might be the impetus I need to get it organized and up to SWMBO speed...

    All the best,
    Matt
    I agree. Seeing what everyone else does would be good for stea....borrowing ideas. War Room wall decorations, gaming table, painting area, display...all would be nice to see.
    Right now I use a pool table. I have to make a cover for it so I can have more table surface. As it is it holds 3 ARES mats but not the nice vista-print mats I have had made.
    Seeing Dave's print...I need something like this too!

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    It would be fun to show the conversion of my space from crafting to board games to WGS flying. I would also like to see other efforts to create Wings of Glory play areas in tight or multiuse spaces. Start the thread and many will post!

    If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down. -Jimmy Doolittle



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