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Old 29 January 2024, 02:25 PM   #1
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Artists name if known

In the book The Royal Flying Corps 1914-1918 by Peter G Cooksley, on page 107 is a print of a dog flight.

"How a Contemporary artist portrayed a dog fight. The RFC machines resemble Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b,s (courtesy Dr R Suchett-Kaye)

and the Germany planes, LVG C of some type.

Not finding anything on line on artists of this time and this drawing style


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This looks like a very similar artistic impression of aircraft and ground battlefield, as the photo attached. Photo Taken of the art work pinned to a wall, in 1918/19.


A flight of Sopwith pups/camels flying by a Sopwith Dolphin.

Anyone know who the artist may be.
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Old 29 January 2024, 07:32 PM   #2
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I can't say anything about the picture in the book you described, as it is one of the few WWI aviation titles I don't have (though I was fortunate enough to meet and correspond with Peter Cooksley many years ago).

I am fairly certain that the artist who created the picture of a Sopwith Dolphin and Camels (?) that you posted was George Horace Davis. He was a famous technical illustrator of the day (and well into WW2), who created many, many works for the illustrated newspapers and periodicals of the time. Some of his color work is held by the IWM. The picture you posted is one of a series of instructional posters created for RFC/RAF trainees, warning them about various unsafe practices. These posters are fairly well-known and widely circulated, and are also in the IWM collection. Most are unsigned, but a few are signed G H Davis, and they all look like his usual style. That particular one is IWM Q67829, and the message was "Always turn to the right" when approaching friendly aircraft coming directly for you.

Here is the full image, from the IWM:

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Old 29 January 2024, 07:37 PM   #3
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Here is a little info on George Horace Davis, who was also famous for his technical maritime artwork.

https://artuk.org/discover/artists/d...orace-18811963

If you google his name, or "G H Davis", you can find many of his works and more information. He was really the go-to man for aviation and maritime illustrations in the UK during WWI.

Here are some more of his instructional posters for the RFC/RAF.





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Old 29 January 2024, 07:45 PM   #4
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Here is Davis himself in his studio, well after WWI. He was particularly well-known for his cutaway diagrams of ships.



Davis' most famous WWI aviation painting is undoubtedly this one (variously titled "Closing Up" or "Formation Flying") completed in 1919. It is held by the IWM, and has appeared in countless books and magazines.
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Old 29 January 2024, 11:34 PM   #5
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Well Gregvan, You Nailed that one. I did search IWM and failed unfortunately.

Instructional poster make sense.
I thought there was more to it, than a picture on the wall.

The style did look magazine, book illustrator of the time.

Yes I see the ship maritime cut aways being his work now.

Many thanks for the info and attachments, show some nice hangers and back grounds.
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Old 4 February 2024, 03:39 PM   #6
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Yet more RFC Informational Posters.

Just to add to what Gregvan has stated regarding Informational Illustrations.
Please see attached.
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File Type: jpg Low flying avoid barrages.jpg (59.3 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg The last Loop.jpg (55.0 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg In case of engine failure.jpg (57.7 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg Landing across wind.jpg (51.6 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg Night flying Holt Flares and Mist.jpg (55.2 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Taxying Turning too fast..jpg (51.8 KB, 12 views)
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Last Loop_Q 67384 copy.jpg

Here is the full image of "The Last Loop" Poster. The message was a warning against performing a 'victory loop' after successfully downing a foe, as your aircraft might have suffered structural damage that you didn't know about, and the loop would result in the destruction of your own aircraft.
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Here are a few more Instructional posters.



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attacking two-seater Q 67385.jpg
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Pancaking_Davis signature_Q 67838.jpg


Here is one of the few posters in which G H Davis' signature has been preserved. It appears in the bottom left corner. In some reproductions of this poster, it's been obliterated.



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