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Don Bell - "Saaf S.E.5a Over the Drakensberg"

"Saaf S.E.5a Over the Drakensberg"

Saaf S.E.5a Over the Drakensberg
Oil on Canvas, US$ 562

Saaf S.E.5a Over the Drakensberg

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Oil on Canvas

W: 915mm x H: 610mm x D: 15mm
W: 36" x H: 24" x D: 1"

Approx. Weight: 0.5kg

This work is unframed


US$ 562


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About "Saaf S.E.5a Over the Drakensberg"

SAAF S.E.5a 313 Biplane of Zwartkop Air Station in 1925 seen passing the Drakensberg Mountains.
Chosen as the SAAF's first fighter aircraft, the Royal Aircraft Factory built plane was very popular with pilots who found the aircraft strong, manoeuvrable, and stable.
Many of the South Africans who served in France flew the S.E. 5a. The most successful of them was Captain Andrew Weatherby Beauchamp-Proctor.
After the war, the S.E. 5a was one of the types selected for the "Imperial Gift" of aircraft sent to South Africa to form a permanent Air Force. Although the 22 S.E. 5a's formed a considerable part of the 110 aircraft taken on charge at Zwartkop, the fighter was destined to play a comparatively minor role during the formative years of the SAAF. It was overshadowed by the DH-9 and DH-4 Recce/Bombers and the Avro 504K trainers.

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Don Bell

I am a multi-faceted artist and illustrator, Senior Professional Architectural Technologist, former advertising exec and keen photographer. I work in oil, water-colours, charcoal, pencil, pen and mixed-media including digital art. I enjoy all types of subject matter ranging from wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, portraits - across the spectrum to architecture, contemporary art, aviation, ships, trains and still life.
My aviation works are well researched and the aircraft and locations are accurate as possible so that they provide a true historical record for others to appreciate.

I attended art classes from a young age and was privately tutored by Andre' Vancoillie, well known local artist and lecturer at the age of 16 years as well as Paul Lavender.
I matriculated in art at the PE Technical College.

All my works are available as prints.

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US$ 57-16,855



I have participated in exhibitions at the Getaway Show Cape Town, Port Elizabeth St Georges Gallery, De Oude Kraal Luxury Guest Lodge, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Queenstown and EPSAC Port Elizabeth.

My aviation works are on display in my SAAF Museum Art Gallery in Forest Hill Port Elizabeth.


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