Louis Whirter (British, 1873-1932), The Downed Zeppelin L33, 1916, Etching(99 views)
Description: Original etching, framed (with glass). Louis Whirter, The downed zeppelin L33; Published Nov. 1, 1918 by Arthur Greatorex, London. Signed by the artist in pencil lower right.
The German Zeppelin L33 crashed in a field near Brentford, Essex after a bombing run in London. It's commander, Kapitan-Leutnant Alois Bocker, made a forced landing rather than attempt the return across the North Sea. Landing at Little Wigborough, 6 miles from Colchester, with no fatalities, the crew set fire to the hull, then surrendered to a single special constable. It is said that these were the only armed German personnel to set foot in England during the war. Enough remained of the zeppelin to help British engineers design the R33 Airship.
Louis Whirter (Scottish, 1873-1932). Louis Whirter (Weirter) was born in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy Schools, and in Paris. He is best known for his pictures of the Great War, but he also did a lot of architectural paintings and etchings.
Condition Report: Good condition. Toning to paper. Staining and discoloration along the top margin. A significant horizontal tear extending across of the top margin of the paper along the upper platemark, with adhesive tape verso. A 3/4" long vertical tear extending from upper edge, within margin. Another 3/4" long vertical tear extending from lower edge, within margin. Loss to paper across lower left corner.
Dimensions: Image, platemarks: 17 3/4" x 19 7/8" ; Sheet: 20 5/8" x 23 3/4" ; Frame: 23" x 29"
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