In mid 2005 I met with Mr. Smith
in Cape Town to ask his permission to commission an oil on canvas
painting of his attack on a rail yard in the Po Valley, Italy
during WW11. After discussing the project over lunch in Simons
Town he not only agreed to the painting but also graciously agreed
to sign all 550 prints ("50 artist proofs" and 500 "limited
editions"). I returned to Edmonton, Canada and approached world
renowned Aviation Artist Robert Bailey
Robert did a pencil sketch of the scene described in Mr. Smith's
book "The Great Betrayal" which Mr. Smith viewed and gave consent
to continue with the original painting.
July 1944 Captain
Ian Smith of 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron, RAF, attacks a rail yard in
the Po Valley, Italy. During this attack, Cpt. Smith was shot down
by flak but escaped capture until he was found by the Italian
partisans, before returning to England.
went on to become the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe),
in April 1964. On November 11, 1965, he declared Rhodesia’s
independence from Britain, the first commonwealth Prime Minister
to do so.
Sheet Size: 33 " x 20" • © 2005
Artist proof $300.00ea (plus shipping)
Limited Edition $250.00ea (plus shipping)
Mr Smith signed all of the prints as did the artist Robert Bailey.
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