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William Lennie Stevenson (b. 1911)   BIOGRAPHY

The Cockpit, 1941
Unmounted (ref: 2596)

Signed, dated and inscribed with title; inscribed ‘EFTS Cambridge’ on the reverse

Gouache and pencil, 21 x30 in. (53.4 x 76.3 cm.)


The aircraft depicted is a De Havilland DH82Tiger Moth, painted in the normal yellow livery for training aircraft.The biplane was designed in the 1930s by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force and others as a primary trainer .The painting is inscribed on the back ‘EFTS Cambridge’, which must refer to the Elementary FlyingTraining School, no. 22, which was stationed in Cambridge in 1941.

During the SecondWorldWar, Stevenson served as a squadron leader and pilot in the Royal Air Force. In addition to being a painter , he was also a sculptor and print-maker – disciplines that clearly heightened his ability to convey space. The Cockpit has much of the compositional dynamism of Nevinson’s iconic lithograph Banking at 4000 Feet, 1917.

William Lennie Stevenson (b. 1911)

Painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher, born in Liverpool. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art, then taught at Liverpool City School of Art and at Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. During World War II he served as a squadron leader and pilot in the Royal Air Force. He was featured in Liverpool Artists in the Fields of War, City of Liverpool Art Gallery Bluecoat Chambers, 1946. He painted a ceiling for the Bluecoat Chambers concert hall and made sculpture for St Monica's Church, Bootle. Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool has several works by Stevenson, including a menu design for the Sandon Studios Society, and he is in Manchester City Art Gallery's collection.

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