Artist Steve Harper & The Harper Design
Collectors Print : "Honouring the 91st"
Depicting the famous wartime
B17 "Memphis Belle"
A Very special Print Titled "Honouring the 91st" was released
on Sunday 29th May 2011 with veterans of the 91st Heavy Bomber Group
About the painting
"Honouring the 91st" by Artist Steve Harper
This beautiful painting "Honouring the 91"
by noted Artist Steve Harper depicts one of the worlds most
famous and iconic WW2 Aircraft, the "Memphis Belle", a Boeing
B-17F Flying Fortress, standing in front of her war time home
at Bassingbourn control tower.
As you gaze into the painting you can almost
hear the spanners click and the excited banter of the young
engineers of the 91st Bomber group working on the aircraft before
her final combat mission, that would lead to her safe return
and ultimately bring her fame.
Look closely at the picture and you will see
in the skies above, another B17 in flight "Man O War" Lost on
30th July 1943. Artist Steve Harper portrays the stark contrast
between the two aircraft which serve as a poignant reminder
that over a quarter of a million aircraft fought for survival
over Europe in those dark days, and nearly 200,000 aircrew lost
their lives to give us the freedoms we sometimes take for granted
This very special painting was unveiled in
honour of the 91st Heavy Bomber Group, at the Control Tower
Museum in a private unveiling at Bassingbourn on 29th May 2011.
The painting Honours the 91st Heavy Bomber
group and indeed all those who paid the ultimate price in the
greatest airborne conflict in history.
Artist Steve Harper says:
" As I put brush to canvas and pen to paper
to Honour the 91st, both poem and painting become inseparable
Look behind the figure in the middle of
the painting and you will see a closed book symbolising the
closing of a chapter in history and indeed the opening of a
My roll as an artist is to tell the story.
With each brush stroke the artist paints a little of his own
soul into the painting. Not often in our lives can we say that
we close a chapter in history, but as I unveil the painting
in honour of those who fell on a foreign field never to return
to their loved ones, or the veterans now in their senior years
who remember events of their younger years and those who never
came home, I captured the spirit of their youth and their desperate
struggle for freedom against the tyranny of the dark clouds
Now on canvas we see them for ever young,
so that generations in years to come can look into the painting
remember them. As I closes one chapter in history with brush
and canvas, we can look back and honour those who gave so much,
A New chapter opens that we can look forward to a brighter future
with hope in our hearts.
My story is now inextricably interlinked
with the "Memphis Belle" the wonderful people at the Tower Museum
Bassingbourn who's dedication protects the historic listed building
and museum for future generations, both the young and not so
young, to enjoy and learn from our valuable heritage.
But above all those young men full of life
and energy in war time England, Now senior of years and slightly
more frail but with memories bright, who remember the friends
who never came home to their waiting families, those who now
sleep in a foreign field.
As I put brush to Canvas a British artist
extends a hand of friendship across the Atlantic, as we look
into a story told on canvas by the artist's hand."
The B17 "Memphis Belle"
"Honouring the 91st"
"May painting and poem bring you peace and
a moment of quiet reflection."
My best wishes to you all
Prints and other Collectible's of this very
special painting are available from The Harper Design Collection.
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Phone: +44 1763243500
The Tower Museum Bassingbourn, Bassingbourn
Barracks, Royston, Hertfordshire. SG8 5LX England
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