"North American B-25B Mitchell Airplane" by Steve Ferguson, Original Mixed Media Painting on Illustration Board

Presented is an original mixed media painting by Steve Ferguson, entitled North American B-25B Mitchell Airplane. The work was painted for use on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover of the U.S. 29-cent flag stamp, issued on August 19, 1994. In the image, the famous bomber plane soars high above the water. Ferguson’s painting shows the B-25B in action.

For much of WWII, the U.S. medium bomber plane, the B-25B, dominated the skies. Also called the Mitchell airplane, the B-25B was the first of this type of bomber to see widespread combat during the war. Its fame comes largely from the surprise Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942. Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle led a raid of B-25B bombers to bypass formidable air defenses and drop bombs on Tokyo. A devastating loss for the Japanese, this attack raised morale for the American forces and was celebrated throughout the country, noting the impressive B-25B airplane and the part it played. The Mitchell airplane became one of the most dependable models of the war and played an integral role in the Pacific Theater.

Steve Ferguson is an American artist, born in 1946. A technical illustrator, Steve received his professional training from the University of Colorado, Denver. A member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he has had a wide variety of commissions on aviation subjects, but his real passion is for World War II paintings and illustrations. Steve owns Ferguson Graphics, a technical illustration firm and teaches art and technical illustration at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver. 

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. No notable damage. Mixed media painting on illustration board. Ferguson signed his name at the bottom right corner.  Unframed Dimensions: 20” H x 15” W.

Painting has been archival framed with an acid-free suede top mat, UV conservation Clear glass, and a custom-built wooden frame. 

Framed Dimensions: 25" H x 22 1/2" W x 3/4" D




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