"In Through The Back Door" by William S. Phillips, 1981

Presented is an exciting 1981 color lithograph by William “Billy” Phillips. Titled In Through the Back Door, the lithograph depicts an American P-47 Thunderbolt pursuing a Luftwaffe bomber on the famous D-Day of WWII.

Also referred to as a “Jug,” the P-47 was the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft powered by only one reciprocating engine. It was armed with four machine guns on each wing making it lethal for ground attacks. The dynamic scene focuses on a diving P-47, with “Miss Behave” painted on its side. Capturing a sense of the P-47's speed and the intensity of battle, the background is blurred, yet the viewer can see multiple airplanes both in flight and on the ground. Fire and smoke billow from the field putting the viewer in the middle of the dramatic scene.

William “Billy” Phillips is a renowned aviation and landscape artist. He is well-recognized and has received many awards for his artwork. Early in his career, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordinian Air Force as an artist and later served as the U.S. Combat Artist. The U.S. awarded Phillips the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism  Medal. The celebrated artist additionally won the Art History Award twice and is one of the few individuals to be exhibited in a solo show at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. William Phillip’s work is widely celebrated and his particular style and skill is clearly exhibited in In Through the Back Door.


Overall very good condition. The print shows no signs of damage. The colors are still very bright, no tears, and no folds. The beautiful and exciting work is artfully framed according to archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 28" H x 38" W x 1/2" D.

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