BEA Vickers Viking Chantrell Artwork 1949
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A piece of Chantrell original artwork that has nothing to do with cinema but then this is an early creation, dating from the late 1940's when Chantrell was still providing technical drawings for various illustrations alongside his emerging film poster work. What we have here is a painting of a BEA Vickers Viking, the first new commercial airliner to emerge after WWII. Introduced in 1946, BEA took 49 of these short-haul aircraft as they developed their network of European routes. A military version (the Valetta) was also used by the RAF.
This is a beautiful illustration, the artwork being applied to artbord & set into a mount (15"x 21" overall). Chantrell's customary attention to detail is obvious. The mount shows signs of wear & there is a little paint lifting to the bottom mid rim but this remains an attractive piece which is a rare early example of Chantrell's artistic prowess. The artist has inscribed his name in block capital letters in the top right, something he tended to do on his technical drawings & his early artworks.