Spitfire Parade by Rasendyll


Small (20.6" x 16.4")

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Here’s my own homage (in oils) to R.J.Mitchell’s great creation. An early Mark Spitfire on patrol over rolling English fields. The title is also an acknowledgment of one of my favourite boyhood authors. “Spitfire Parade” was one of Captain W.E. Johns Biggle’s novels. In fact, I’m still known to read him occasionally…..


aircraft, countryside, english, fighter, plane, spitfire, war


  • Woodie
    Woodieover 6 years ago

    Very impressive Paul,
    What did you use for reference?
    Cptn WE Johns was my favourite author as a child. If fact I picked up one of his books at a flee market just recently.
    Cheers Neil

  • pauldrobertson
    pauldrobertsonover 6 years ago

    this is GREAT. the poor girl looks a little battered from battle! i love the angle and the fields (to me, french, english would be greener).
    there is a real sense of freedom and romance to this work. great stuff. well done. and i read biggles and more biggles and loved it passionately as a child.

  • Rasendyll
    Rasendyllover 6 years ago

    Neil, It’s a few years back I painted it but I used a range of references-mostly photographs from a few old issues of The Aeroplane and a couple of books, supplemented with a visit to the local airforce association museum which had a Spitfire mounted on a stand in it’s driveway. (Museum has since moved the Spitfire indoors and replaced the driveway job with a fibreglass replica). I shouldn’t be surprised if my result has a few contradictory details from different Marks as a result…

    Just before Christmas I discovered that one of our Australian publishers (I’m actually English but over here a long time now) had brought out a new Biggles Omnibus edition-needless to say I couldn’t resist when I saw it in the bookshop.

    Thanks for the favoutiting

  • Rasendyll
    Rasendyllover 6 years ago

    Paul, Thanks for the kind words. I was after a look that suggested returning home after a hard fought (series of) battles. You make an interesting point about the colour of the fields. I painted this one in the late 90’s and I’m sure they were greener to start with-perhaps the real message is to buy better quality oil paint and mediums! :)

    I discovered just before Christmas that Biggles is back in print locally-I saw this in our local Collins Booksellersand couldn’t resist:


  • pauldrobertson
    pauldrobertsonover 6 years ago

    yay for biggles!
    i remember it vividly!
    i always think of british fighters as desperate in a battle fought alone as one country with the WILL to stand along with her (still colonial truly) satellites against the juggernaut of nazism.
    -in the knowledge of the almost certain lack of the firepower/technology/war footing/trained men – i think this is missed by so much of history.

    churchills’ IMPORTANCE.

    on the floor even before he became prime minister.

    ah well. can rant about it for hours. i have been dating a russian – her uncles are ex-kgb. fucking fascinating.

    great work. keep it up.

    truly inspired my mind.


  • Danzo
    Danzoover 6 years ago

    This a wonderful work,love everything about it. might see if i can buy a print. The second world war was an incredible time in history on so many different levels. the speed of technology was amazing.your painting is just brilliant.

  • Thanks Danzo for your words of encouragement, I know just what you mean about the speed of technological development- from the likes of the Fairey Swordfish to the meteor in under 10 years! I might add that if you should decide to buy a print it would make my month :)

    – Rasendyll

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenabout 6 years ago

    Paul this is stunning. As a child I was always fascinated by the Spit’s and hurricanes and imagine my added interest when after I joined my secondary school I found out that our head of Art was RJ Mitchell’s nephew. We used to hold regular model building clubs and he would bring in boxes of model spitfires that he had built and hand painted until he had built and hand painted every single spitfire squadron that ever existed in WWII. Amazing plane, singularly beautiful and along with the expert pilots and same of the Hurricanes something the world holds a massive debt of gratitude to. (Oh, and the painting is good too).

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Good one Paul. Like the atmosphere. – Ted

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