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Leave in Blighty

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Fleet Air Arm Museum

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World War I. A paddle steamer leaving Boulogne Harbour, France, to cross the Channel with troops going home on leave in Britain is watched by an unlikely combination of seaplanes. These are a Sopwith Schneider, Sopwith Baby and Short 184. Rarely would these three aircraft fly together on one patrol, but the artist is trying to show the progression of types from 1914 to 1916.

Fleet Air Arm Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    76 x 101.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the artist, 1980


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