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DAY & FABER master drawings

    William Earl Johns (Bengeo 1893 - London 1968)

    Tripehounds

    Description:

    indistinctly signed and inscribed lower right 
    watercolour and bodycolour 
    190 x 285 mm 

    Provenance:

    Phillips Ipswich, September 25, 1997, Pictures & Works of Art including the Baird Collection, lot 480/2

    Note:

    Dating from 1916, this drawing of a World War I dogfight by W.E. Johns, author of the Biggles Novels, is among the earliest depictions of flying and aerial combat. 
    Commissioned into the royal flying corps, in 1918 Johns was shot down over the Western Front. 
    In 1932 he launched the magazine Popular Flying, in which his Biggles 
    stories, eventually to number close to a hundred, first appeared.
     

    Tripehounds