Artist William Lennie Stevenson: The Cockpit, 1941

Artist William Lennie Stevenson (1911-2004): The Cockpit, 1941

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William Lennie Stevenson (1911-2004):
The Cockpit, 1941
Unmounted (ref: 2596)

Signed, dated and inscribed with title; inscribed ‘EFTS Cambridge’ on the reverse

Gouache and pencil, 21 x30 in. (53.4 x 76.3 cm.)

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Provenance: Private Collection

The aircraft depicted is a De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth, painted in the normal yellow livery for training aircraft.The biplane was designed in the 1930s by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force and others as a primary trainer .The painting is inscribed on the back ‘EFTS Cambridge’, which must refer to the Elementary FlyingTraining School, no. 22, which was stationed in Cambridge in 1941.

During the Second World War, Stevenson served as a squadron leader and pilot in the Royal Air Force. In addition to being a painter , he was also a sculptor and print-maker – disciplines that clearly heightened his ability to convey space. The Cockpit has much of the compositional dynamism of Nevinson’s iconic lithograph Banking at 4000 Feet, 1917.