The Festival of Britain 1951 - special commission
I have included this aerial painting of the Festival of Britain as another
digression from the main run of paintings. It was a project shared by my
father and myself and involved visualising the Festival from plans, models
and notes before it took final shape. In the end the design in full colour
proved almost 100% accurate and became the only aerial view postcard
and also, for the record, the only official jigsaw puzzle.
My father was a great influence upon me and I loved, as a child, watching
him paint. Not so very long ago one of his English landscapes came up
for auction and my nephew secured it. When the back was removed an
unfinished painting of my brother and myself was revealed. We, or I, had
obviously failed to keep still.
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