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Galerie Sommerlath

Air Warfare in World War 1 Lithograph

Air Warfare in World War 1 Lithograph

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A dogfight is a battle between fighter aircraft. These aerial battles appeared during World War I, shortly after the invention of the aeroplane. This framed lithograph, signed and numbered 33/300, represents a scene of these first historical battles. Aircraft were adorned with crosses and coloured circles that signalled which army the planes belonged to. These markings were decorative and functional indicators of each plane's affiliation. Inspired by the mediaeval art of heraldry, these symbols helped pilots quickly distinguish friend from foe in the thick of combat.

This lithograph depicts an aircraft, the famous Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, in a dogfight flying over an airfield on which German planes were likely refuelling and ready to take off. The black cross, the first insignia of the Imperial German Air Service, is recognisable on these planes.

This realistic artwork is a remarkable depiction of a historical moment that showcases what the dogfights of the early 20th century were like.
It is eligibly signed and sits in its original gilded frame from 1979.

PERIOD: Early 20th Century
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 34.13" Width: 32.63" Depth: 2.63"

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