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Frank Wootton (artist)

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Name  Frank Wootton

Role  Artist
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Died  April 1998, Alfriston, United Kingdom
Artwork  The Sinking of the Tirpitz

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Frank Wootton OBE PPGAvA (30 July 1911 – 21 April 1998) was an aviation artist, famous for his works depicting the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


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Early life

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Wootton was born in Milford on Sea, Hampshire in 1911. His mother died while Frank was still of school-age, and he was raised by his father, a seaman in the Merchant Navy.

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He attended art school in 1928 at the age of seventeen, winning a travel scholarship and a gold medal from the Eastbourne School of Art and a prize of £25, which he used to fund a three-month trip to Germany, painting murals.

Early career and World War II

In the 1930s, Wootton was commissioned by Edward Saunders to do art and book illustrations. In this time he wrote several books on art instruction, one of which, How to Draw Aircraft, went on to be a best-seller, In 1939, he volunteered for the Royal Air Force but instead was invited by the commander-in-chief of the Allied Air Forces to accept a special duty commission as official war artist to the R.A.F. and Royal Canadian Air Force. He painted RAF subjects from England to France and Belgium before travelling to Southeast Asia at the end of World War II. It is for this work advancing the field of aviation art, that Wootton is recognised as "probably the finest aviation artist of all time".

Later life

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The inaugural of the National Air and Space Museum featured an exhibition on Wootton's work.

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Frank Wootton was also an extraordinary landscape and equestrian artist. His love of horses was unparalleled and he became vice-President of the Society of Equestrian Artists.

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He was commissioned to paint the greatest steeplechaser of all time, Arkle, in 1966 - 'Arkle with Pat Taaffe up'. He also had racehorses in training with Fred Winter.

Frank Wootton (artist) Summer Exhibition 2009

For service in World War II, Frank Wootton was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1995. He died in April 1998, at Alfriston, Sussex.

Frank Wootton (artist) Summer Exhibition 2009
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