Maggs Bros Ltd

Drawing the R.A.F.

DOUGLAS Marshal of the RAF W. Sholto.; KENNINGTON Eric (1942.)

£200.00  [First Edition]

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A Book of Portraits introduced by Sir Ronald Storrs.  Portrait frontispiece of the artist, 54 plates, of which four are in colour and tipped-in. First edition. 8vo., cloth, pictorial dust jacket. London, Oxford University Press. 

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sholto Douglas 'Given to the C in C with great pleasure by Eric H. Kennington', following the instructions pencilled to the front flap of the dust jacket 'send to Air Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas Fighter Command Stanmore'. On page 20 is an inked annotation at the foot of the page, in an unknown hand, the sentence being annotated reading 'When a very senior officer pressed him thrice to sketch some of the brilliant uniformed ladies working in his camp Kennington answered briefly that he never re-painted, or over-painted', the annotation reading 'Accurate conversation between Storrs and Kennington, E.H.K: "That is not what I said to the C.in C". Storrs: "But don't you wish you had said it?".'. Kennington's portrait of Douglas is not included among the illustrations, the original, which Douglas said he always liked, is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

Dust jacket browned and rubbed, lacking a small piece at the head of the spine.

Stock Code: 222457