Artist Charles Pears: The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941

Artist Charles Pears (1873–1958): The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941

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Charles Pears (1873–1958):
The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941
Framed (ref: 9125)
Signed, inscribed on reverse

Oil on paper laid on board 
13 3/4 x 22 1/2 in. (35 x 57 cm)

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Pears was arguably the greatest marine artist of his generation - and excelled in painting night scenes and scenes of combat.  Both elements are found in this composition.
The plane is a Blohm & Voss Ha 139B/Umbau. Only three 139s were built, and only one was converted to having a glazed nose (which is visible in the picture). The RN vessel is a Motor Gun Boat but it does not have any identifying features that allow class or build to be identified.

We are grateful to Ian Jack and Oliver Bratton for assistance.