‘TALLY-HO!’, A BRONZE SCULPTURE IN TRIBUTE TO BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS,
produced 2018, a limited edition sculpture signed and numbered 015 of 25 examples, commemorating The Battle of Britain’s Spitfire pilots Douglas Bader, Alan Smith, Johnnie Johnson and Hugh ‘Cocky’ Dundas, incorporating four ‘lost wax’ polished cast bronze sculptures of the RAF Supermarine Spitfire MkIIa fighters, 18cm wingspan, taking to the air peeling off in formation from RAF Westhampnett at the Goodwood airfield in July 1941 with Wing Leader Bader’s ‘Dogsbody’ Spitfire leading the way, the base formed from moulded polished glass clear resin representing the flowing flight trails, measuring approximately 72 x 46 x 35cm overall, offered with Certificate of Issue from the artist. Offered for sale at the Goodwood Revival Bonhams sale a week Saturday.
Sir Alan Smith bought one of these from me where the majority of the cost was donated to the RAF Association.
One of the latest editions of ‘Tally-Ho’ sold at Bonhams Paris. I love to find these strange angles to show the work well. The top two bronze Spitfires have a wingspan close to 18cm and are not light by any means so they have to be drilled as does the clear base to have a brass dowel bonded into both to secure them firmly …not one of my most calm jobs as you can imagine!!
‘Thankyou for the magnificent Sculpture Greg it gives both Alice and myself great pleasure, we now have our ‘Tally-Ho’ in its correct place now with its correct lighting.
Yours always Alan and Alice.’
Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC*, DL
Sir Alan Smith, who has died aged 95, flew as Douglas Bader’s wingman during Fighter Command’s offensive over northern France in the spring and summer of 1941; he went on to become a fighter “ace”, destroying at least five enemy aircraft.
This piece pays homage to the brave pilots who flew so gallantly during the Second World War, providing a snapshot of Douglas Baders ‘Dogsbody’ section flying from RAF Westhampnett during July of 1941. The four Spitfire’s of Douglas Bader, Alan Smith, Johnnie Johnson and Cocky Dundas follow the call of their leader, Bader… ‘Tally-ho’!
Sculpture size is approx 72cm long x 46cm wide x 35cm high and weighs about 7.5kg
Each solid bronze hand cast Spitfire is individually polished and patinated and has a wingspan of 18cm.
When creating the original sculpture of the Spitfire, Gregory sought to produce an instantly recognisable impression of a ‘Spit’ in representing the Spitfire MKIIa. This sculpture work took 2 weeks of crafting before the moulds could be made to cast the waxes. These pieces were then sent to the foundry for the lost wax investment casting process.
The base is also cast by hand from moulds using 5 kg of glass clear casting resin, a further 6 days is spent on final finishing and polishing. This initial sculpture took 5 weeks to complete and is made using woods and sculpting clays to acheive the ‘flow of air’ required. Gregory believes that he has created a particularly unique piece, true to his intention of conveying a kinetic/moving subject in a sculpture that captures the flow and excitment of flight.
The first artist’s proof of this Sculpture was donated to the RAFA Wings Appeal, and was auctioned at the Bonhams sale, Goodwood Revival in September 2012 for £7000 inc premiums with all of the proceeds going to RAFA.
Current pricing £4500
Bronze on glass clear resin
Edition of 25, signed, certificated and numbered
Two Artists proofs AP issue numbers SOLD
Note: Bonhams auction (Goodwood Revival 2012) of one of the two artists proofs for the RAF Association realised £7000
Sir Alan Smith CBE DFC* with his edition 002 , June 2012
The Guild of Aviation Artists annual exhibition at The Mall Gallery, London, July 2012.