'RNAS Capel Looking East', 16th August 1918.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Watercolour and gouache painting on board by Norman Wilkinson, showing five Royal Navy airships heading into the wind at Capel le Ferne in Kent. The airships are depicted against a portentous red sky above a grassy landscape with a pill box in the foreground. Wilkinson (1878-1971) studied art at the Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art, before going on to become a famous marine painter and a railway poster artist. He also made a significant contribution to the design of camouflage. Dimensions: 255mm x 380mm.