Spitfire Dawn

Stephen Brown




Spitfire Dawn Stephen Brown

North Weald, December 1941 and heavy snow falls have put paid to any operational flying for the day. In between flurries of snow, ground crews work on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vbs of 222 Squadron so they can be ready to go as soon as the weather clears.



Every print in the entire edition is signed by the artist Stephen Brown. The Artist Proofs and Remarque editions are accompanied with the Companion print "A Legend is Born" which is signed by, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC and Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC.

Companion Print A Legend is Born Stephen Brown
Companion Print A Legend is Born.

Some aircraft are just ‘right’ from their very first flight; the Supermarine Spitfire was one of those. Reginald Mitchell’s aeronautical masterpiece has become a national icon for several generations of Britons and surely many more to come. The quality of the basic design meant the airframe could be continually upgraded throughout World War Two to meet the needs of new roles and new enemy threats. For most people however it is the Battle of Britain that the Supermarine Spitfire will forever symbolize as the heroic ‘Few’ triumphed in the country’s most pivotal time in living memory. A Legend is Born depicts K5054, the first Supermarine Spitfire prototype, in an early test flight over the fields of England.

A Legend is Born - Companion Print Signatories

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC. Having joined the RAF with a Short Service Commission in August 1939 he then joined no 92 Squadron flying Spitfires in June 1940 at the time of Dunkirk. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain, later completing over 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern France and Belgium until August 1941. Joining 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 he operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious on operation Pedestal, to Malta. Geoffrey returned to the UK as a test pilot for Gloster Aircraft and finished the war as a Pilot Attack Instructor. He was credited with three destroyed, four probables and several damaged and was awarded the DFC in July 1941. Geoffrey Wellum is also a Best Selling author with his highly entertaining book 'First Light' having sold over half a million copies.

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC. Spitfire Ace, 9 victories - flew from start to finish throughout the war; took part in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, D-Day and North Africa amongst others. First into combat against the Me109. He even taught the famous Johnny Johnson to fly! After the war he became a test pilot working alongside Alex Henshaw.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33"x 17" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Companion Print Size 16 1/2" x 10" (inches)


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UK £135.00 Edition Size - 15

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UK £260.00 Edition Size - 10

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