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Don Bell - "Saaf De Havilland Vampire Fb.5 [205]"

"Saaf De Havilland Vampire Fb.5 [205]"

Saaf De Havilland Vampire Fb.5 [205]
Oil on Canvas, US$ 380

Saaf De Havilland Vampire Fb.5 [205]

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Oil on Canvas

W: 910mm x H: 610mm x D: 20mm
W: 36" x H: 24" x D: 1"

Approx. Weight: 0.1kg

This work is unframed


US$ 380


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About "Saaf De Havilland Vampire Fb.5 [205]"

South African Air Forces' first jet-powered aircraft was the de havilland Vampire FB.5. They replaced the Spitfire and were delivered to Cape Town for assembly in 1950.
After its SAAF service, this Vampire No. 205 resided in the Fort Beaufort Military Museum, was then restored to static display in Port Elizabeth and moved to the SAAF Museum where it is on static display.
This painting depicts Vampires circling the Bay over Port Elizabeth.

The de Havilland Vampire was a British jet fighter developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. Work on the aircraft began during World War II as a largely experimental aircraft suitable for combat that harnessed the groundbreaking innovation of jet propulsion; it was quickly decided to opt for a single-engine, twin-boom aircraft equipped with the Halford H.1 turbojet engine (later produced by de Havilland as the "Goblin") Originally ordered as an experimental aircraft only, the decision to mass-produce the aircraft as an interceptor for the Royal Air Force (RAF) was finalised in May 1944. (Wikipedia)

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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, watercolours, 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 in water colours.
My appreciation to Mrs Chilcott, my high school art teacher who saw something in me and went out of her way to mentor me by giving me extra art lessons in her spare time.
I matriculated in art at the PE Technical College.

All my works are available as prints.

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US$ 54-14,257



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 the South African Air Force Museum Art Gallery in Forest Hill Port Elizabeth.


Art Matric + private tuition: Andre' Vancoillie & Paul Lavender

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