JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING BRITISH BE-12 PURSUED BY TWO ALBATROS FIGHTER-PLANES
The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.”The painting’s subject is a British BE-12. It was a single-seater scout plane that was in use in the summer of 1916. The airplane was no match for the Albatros (most likely an Albatros D. II or possibly an Albatros D. III) single-seaters that were just coming on line. In the distance two of the Albatros fighters are headed toward the British airplane. The airplane’s and pilot’s details are quite striking. The British aircraft’s tail number, “6537,” is quite evident. Jack’s signature appears in the lower left corner. The reverse features a hand-printed note by Jack D. Hunter describing the painting’s action. The description ends with his signature. Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection.