A Brush With History
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An exciting collection of paintings by one of the world’s premier aviation artists, splendidly exhibited in this high quality, hardcover book with glossy dust jacket. (126 pages)
This is Robert Bailey’s long-awaited first book of combat aviation paintings. Consisting of 70 colour images and 57 pencil drawings, it is sure to be highly collectible by aviation art connoisseurs around the world. Anecdotes of print signings, text on Robert’s circuitous route to becoming an aviation artist, background stories of how all the pictures came into being, and insights into World War II written by veterans from both sides!
Foreword is by Colonel ‘Bud’ Anderson of the 357th FG, with Introduction by Mike Coenen. A selection of print titles also include ‘work in progress’ images, showing how various paintings were developed, stage by stage. Never-before-seen pencil drawings include aircraft of all types, naval scenes, historical figures (Roosevelt, Churchill), and individual aircrew in flight gear, revealing a new talent by this artist. This book will give endless hours of pleasure to military history buffs and is a ‘must’ for the history section of any library.
Individual Book Package
Limited edition of 300, signed & numbered
CD Rom of 10 minute slideshow with music!
30 Artist’s Proof Books
With distinctively coloured dust jacket, signed and numbered by the artist, with the same items as included in Package 1 (above), with these additional enhancements:
- Full-sized limited edition print RAMITELLI RUMBLE, individually signed by nine Tuskegee Airmen.
20 Double Remarqued Edition Books
With distinctively coloured dust jacket, all signed and numbered by the artist, with the same items as included in Package 1 (above), excepting these enhancements:
- Full-sized limited edition print RAMITELLI RUMBLE, individually signed by thirteen Tuskegee Airmen.
- One of the artist’s brushes used to paint ‘Ramitelli Rumble’.
- A remarque on the included Ramitelli Rumble print, plus a second remarque in the book
“A Brush with History” book
Limited edition print of BIG BEAUTIFUL BLUENOSER
Limited edition print of TIRPITZ TERROR
Multi-media CD of Bailey’s work
A Brush with History is filled with anecdotes and recountings of how the canvases came into being and the tales they depict. The following example comes from Robert’s description of SHOCK AT SHADOW VALLEY:
“This particular canvas ran into overtime, taking five weeks to complete and thus affecting my time schedule for ‘Tuskegee Trigger Time.’ I added a few extra touches, like the crashed FW-190 and rescue crew on the low left segment, and men running around in confusion beside the fireball cause by the attacking Mosquitoes. There must have been a sort of grim satisfaction amongst aircrews, realizing the havoc they had caused on a raid such as this.”