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Sergeant Peter Sanders was an instructor at the night gunnery school set up by the USAAF at the Harrington Airfield, Northamptonshire, during the Second World War. The school was housed in an empty hanger and, Sergeant Sanders later explained, “Our Officer asked me if I could come up with a design or a spot of colour on the open area wall that might brighten up the place – something appropriate”. He made a colour sketch to scale, placed it in a projector and focussed it onto plywood fixed to the wall, then traced the image with charcoal. Unable to get oil paint in Kettering, he had to settle for poster paint. He said, “The poster paint, of course, would not blend on the board so I painted it poster style.” The central figure represents the Spirit of Aerial Combat.
poster paint on board
H 213.5 x W 315.5 cm
gift from the artist, 1945