Kennington, Eric.


N.d., c.1943. 40 pp., 17 plates. Ill., c.c., 26 x 20cm. Covers & foreword page foxed with a handful of very small brown marks to rear cover; rear cover lifted back from glue along hinge but binding & covers still secure o/w V.G. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author. During World War I Eric Kennington served as an infantryman first and then as a war artist and it is for this that he is best remembered. From the Second World War he produced some highly collectable portraits and books of the heroes of the Narvik, the Battle of the Plate and the RAF. The Ministry of Information and the Air Ministry commissioned Kennington to do this Special Limited Edition publication. It was published internationally and issued to the personnel therein. The seventeen portraits by Kennington depict heroic faces from the Navy and especially the RAF. They include men like Captain Bell of HMS EXETER; Wing Commander Bader, D.S.O., D.F.C.; Flight-Lieut. Learoyd, V.C.; Sergeant Hannah, V.C., to name but a few. There are also portraits of some lesser-known but equally courageous characters such as Leading Seaman Vearncombe, D.S.M. who unscrewed the first magnetic mine, de-detonated it whilst, through a microphone, told the secrets of its construction. Accompanying each portrait is a brief commentary by Kennington and his notes are given as they were received. Eric Kennington's brother has written the Foreword, J. B. Priestly has written an engaging Introduction, and there are some quotes by Kennington himself about the men he has painted. This is an extremely Scarce publication being not only a Special Limited Edition but also a SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM ERIC KENNINGTON.

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