Four Early Aviation Naive Watercolour Paintings dated 1913, signed, Herbert M. Smith. Unique.
An important and rare set of four (x4) early aviation watercolour paintings, painted by English amateur artist Herbert M. Smith in 1913. Matted, Framed.
Herbert Smith as a young man cycled from his home in Croydon, South London to Hendon to watch the famous pre-war Hendon Air Races at Hendon Aerodrome in Hertfordshire. As an aviation enthusiast and keen artist, he took with him his sketch-book, pencils and watercolours, so as to draw, paint and make notes about the aeroplanes he saw flying.
Each of the four watercolours has interesting observational hand written notes by Mr. Smith, which adds to each watercolour's uniqueness and indeed charm. They are titled: Aeroplane, Vol-plane, Hydro Aeroplane and Banking.
These paintings are totally original watercolours (not reprints), each initialled "HMS" on front and signed "Herbert M. Smith, 1913" in pencil on the back.
They were purchased by myself, from Mr. Smith's daughter along with some other aviation sketches, notes and paintings in 1979.
Dimensions: Each print 9.5 x 6.25 inches (24x16cm) - Each frame: 16 x 13 inches (41x32cm)
They represent a unique record of early and pioneering aviation. Very few early aviation painting or drawing records were made (at the time and in situ) most records were made by that equally modern device, the film camera. The price being asked reflects their uniqueness, importance and rarity.
n.b. no reproduction quality images of these artworks exist or are held. Full reproduction rights are passed on with this sale.