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Army-Navy Combat Art 1892 Folio Charles Thrale Exhibition of 1946
British Combat Artist P. Archer WWI Combat Artworks
DAK Combat Artist E. Harris WWII German Combat Art
9th Infantry Regiment Artist John Gullo WWII US Combat Artist Artworks
VARGA 1981 Large Folio Calendar  

VARGA 1981 Large Folio Calendar


This is a 11.5 x 21 inch calendar as shown. The condition is near MINT.   Here are other views  1  2  3.

$349.99


USA Special LARGE Color Print of a VARGA Girl


This is a 22 x 30 inch in a 30 x 40 inch mat.  The condition is near MINT.

$799.99


Spanish American War Era Combat Artist 1892 Army Navy Folio


Several noted combat artists of the 19th century are represented in this special edition folio of 16 matted hand-colored 19th century artworks.

Each artwork is labeled regarding content and date of subject matter.  Some of the artworks have visible signatures, most appear to be unsigned.  All are superbly rendered pieces depicting general officers, field grade, company grade, cadets, and enlisted men in a variety of situations from bivouac to river crossings to intense combat.

There are a total of 16 artworks, with artist and content as listed below.  Some titles and descriptions shown here are abbreviated from the actual captions.

Artists include Andre Castaigne (French illustrator, (aka Jean-Alexandre-Michel-André CASTAIGNE) 1861-1929; W. S. Vanderbilt ALLEN (American Illustrator, 1860-1931), and J. Davidson (probably J. D. Davidson); and, W. T. Trego

  1. W. S. Allen (circa 1880s) -- Brigadier General, Aide-de-camp, and Orderlies, 1776
  2. Unsigned -- General and Staff Officers, 1812
  3. Unsigned -- General Officers, 1835
  4. Unsigned -- General Officers and staff, 1847
  5. W. S. Allen (circa 1889) -- West Point Cadets, mounted and unmounted, 1889
  6. Unsigned -- Lieutenant General, 1886
  7. Unsigned -- Dragoon, 1846
  8. W. T. Trego, 1893 -- Cavalry, 1862
  9. Unsigned -- Captain and Troopers, 1861
  10. Unsigned -- Troopers mounted, 1889
  11. Unsigned -- Infantry, 1810-1813
  12. Unsigned -- Officers and Privates, 1802-1810
  13. A. Castaigne, 1898 -- Voltiguer and Infantry at Chapultepec, 1847
  14. A. Castaigne, 1898 -- Colonel and Privates, 1862
  15. Unsigned -- Infantry Full Dress, 1872-1881
  16. J. Davidson, 1891 -- Equipment, 1891

The book is VERY heavy, bound in hardwood cloth boards with leather corners and spine cover. It is identified as Army and Navy of the United States and Plates I The end papers are a multicolored paisley pattern. The front board is completely detached from the book, but is present. It measures 20-1/2 by 17-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches thick. Each painting is 8-1/2 by 11 inches and separately matted.

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Charles Thrale Exhibition Artwork Lot


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THRALE
Photograph Lot of the June 1946 Collection of Charles Thrale Japanese Prisoner of War Camp Scenes
This is a collection of a number of photographs taken at the January 1946 Exhibition Tour of the Charles Thrale artworks depicting the scenes of Allied POWs interred in Japanese POW camps.

Included in this lot is a photograph of the drawing made from crushed pencil leads entitled Inside the Mosque.  It depicts the interior of a mosque converted into a Church of England chapel by POWs in the 18th Division area. It is believed to be the only mosque in the world ever used by the Church of England.  Furnishings were made by sick and handicapped POWs.  It was used by members of the Royal Artillery and others for worship, and was the only place where meetings were authorized by the Japanese.  This photo appears to be a mirror image of the original artwork.

The poster at the top is a broadside announcing the exhibition. 23 by 12-1/2 inches overall.

The second photo is entitled Major Fagan and the Operating Theatre. It depicts the "F" Force Hospital in Siam. All operations were done in the open on a bamboo platform because of lack of space and light in the hospital. This picture shows Major Fagan scraping a tropical ulcer with an ordinary tablespoon, which was the only instrument available. The original painting was made with Japanese black boot polish and rendered on the back of a sheet of music.  Photo is 9-3/4 by 13 inches.   14-1/2 by 14 inches overall.

The next photo is shows a Church of England Service in one of the Court-Yards, Changi Gaol entitled Please God set us free. It shows Padre Young, of Kirk Deighton, Leeds. The original was rendered with crayon and wash on black paper.  Photo 12 by 14 inches.  15-1/2 inches square overall.

The next photo is of The Java Lines Singapore. All POWs in transit from Java to the Hell Railway in Siam were halted and concentrated here. Photo is 10-1/2 by 14 inches.  12 by 20 inches overall

The next photo was a rendition of Thrale's daughter (not yet born), done in a moment of inspiration.  Thrale wondered whether he was psychic, as the image is nearly identical to the appearance of his daughter (seen in the inset photo at the lower right). 15 by 12 (approximately).  Small photo is 2-1/2 by 4 inches.  14 by 20 inches overall.

The last board is a composite of several other Thrale paintings shown at the exhibition in a period clipping from the London Illustrated News describing the exhibition.  It is dated January 6, 1946.  16 by 21 inches overall.

Most of the photographs are captioned and paraphrased above.

The condition is generally very good to near excellent on most pieces, with some fading from age.

The clipping shows some tattering at the edges.

$499.99 Available

John Gullo, WWII Combat Artist 9th IR, 2nd Division 1944-1945


Corporal (later Sergeant) John Gullo was the combat artist of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, from Normandy until the end of the war.  He did a number of artworks in the field, many not signed but his style is distinctive and easy to recognize.  Following the end of the war, he stayed on with the 9th Infantry Regiment and among his artworks are a number of renditions of the unit Coat of Arms.  The commander wanted a charge to be added to the coat of arms to reflect the service of the 9th IR in WWII.

Among other artworks, he also did art for the unit newsletter, the unit Christmas card postal, menus, and some risqué girlie art in the style of Varga and Petty.  Following the war, he became a commercial artist and submitted designs for Civil Defense and similar organizations.

The paintings shown below are original watercolors on heavy artist board of scenes during the Battle of the Bulge, rendered in the Bastogne, Belgium area.

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GULLO-0111
World War Two German Forward Observers Advance Thru Bastogne Fog
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by John Gullo. 

This painting depicts the Forward Observers Advance Thru Bastogne Fog.

It measures 15 by 20 inches and it is art paper mounted on heavy weight artist board.

 There are some smudges and soiling, as it was rendered in theater.

$249.99 Available
GULLO-01
German SPG Wreck
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by John Gullo.

This painting depicts a heavy German Anti-Tank Self-Propelled Gun (it looks like a Jagdtiger, sJPzAbt.512) in deep snow.

It measures 15 by 20 inches and it is art paper mounted on heavy weight artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$249.99 Available
GULLO-02
German Fighter Plane Burning Wreck
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by John Gullo.

This painting depicts a crashed and burning German Messerschmitt Me-262 fighter jet in deep snow.  The tail and canopy are distinctive and identify the plane despite the lack of wings showing in the photo.  The wings and engines may have been intentionally omitted for security reasons.

It measures 15 by 20 inches and it is art paper mounted on heavy weight artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, and some minor wrinkles, as it was rendered in theater.

 

SOLD
GULLO-03
Battle of the Bulge
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by John Gullo.

This painting depicts a group of US GIs in makeshift snow camouflage in trenches at the Battle of the Bulge near a Bastogne Belgium forest denuded by heavy artillery fire.  The GIs are seen wearing white sheets and have bayonets fixed awaiting the orders to move up.

It measures 15 by 20 inches and it is art paper mounted on heavy weight artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, and some minor wrinkles, as it was rendered in theater.

 

SOLD
GULLO-04
Sherman Tank at the Battle of the Bulge
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by John Gullo.

This painting depicts an M4 Sherman tank advancing under fire at the Battle of the Bulge near a Bastogne Belgium.  9th Infantry GIs are seen hunkered down as the tank fires.  Shells are bursting all around, and there is the heavy haze of smoke and fires burning in the background.

It measures 17-1/2 by 23 inches and it is art paper mounted on heavy weight artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, and some minor wrinkles, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$249.99 Available

Other US Military WWII Combat Art, 1940-1945


The paintings shown below are original artworks on heavy artist board of scenes during the war.

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ABOMBOFCR-1
USA
World War Two  0-6 Officer 
 Dress Uniform Portrait Art Work Picture
This is a WW2 rendered portrait of an 0-6 officer assigned to the Atomic Bomb Organization. The condition is near excellent with a small hole in the canvas. $349.99 Available
VA-01
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
 Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine

The image features a VARGA girl as shown . 
$29.99 Available
VA-011
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine.

The image features a VARGA girl as shown .
$29.99 Available
VA-012
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine.

The image features a VARGA girl as shown .
$29.99 Available
VA-013
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine.

The image features a VARGA girl as shown .
$29.99 Available
VA-014
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine.

The image features a VARGA girl as shown .
 $29.99 Available
VA-015
USA World War II Varga Calendar Girl
Color Lithograph removed from an ESQUIRE Magazine.

The image features a VARGA girl as shown .
 $29.99 Available
USA post World War II 12 x 18 inch James Cagney Quill Pen Ink Autographed Movie Lobby Card
This is as shown.

The signature is slightly smudged as shown.

Here is a view of the signature.
 $99.99 Available
USART-101
Framed Painting of Nazi
This is an original combat signed and framed artwork by G.S. dated 1945.

This drawing depicts a Nazi in front of a church and a graveyard and is ghoulish looking.

It measures 8-1/2 by 11-1/4 inches in a 12-1/4 by 15-1/4 inch frame and it is double matted.

There is some slight discoloration from the fixer used, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$499.99 Available
USART-01
60mm Mortar Crew In Action Combat Art
This is an original pencil and charcoal combat signed artwork by Sandberg.

This drawing depicts a forward mortar position with three spotters and four crewmen. It is signed at the lower right.

It measures 8-1/2 by 11-1/4 inches in a 12-1/4 by 15-1/4 inch frame and it is double matted.

There is some slight discoloration from the fixer used, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$299.99 Available
USART-02
GI Poker Game Combat Art
This is an original pencil and watercolor combat unsigned artwork

This drawing depicts GIs in various uniforms playing cards in garrison. It is not signed.

It measures 8-1/2 by 11-1/4 inches in a 14 by 17 inch frame and it is double matted.

The painting was rendered in theater, however it is in near excellent overall condition, with bright vivid colors.

 

$299.99 Available

P. Archer, British WWII Combat Artist, 1940-1945


The paintings shown below are original watercolors on heavy artist board of scenes during the desert war of North Africa, in the Tobruk area, showing combat scenes from 1940-1943.  Both paintings were rendered in theater by P. Archer.

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ARCHER-01
British Commando Anti-Tank Team In Combat
This is an original watercolor combat signed artwork by P. Archer.

This painting depicts a pair of British commandos, one armed with a PIAT antitank gun, the other with a Thompson submachine gun. They are attacking an advancing German armored column with troop transports, prime mover, and panzer tank at the back of the convoy.

It measures 11-3/4 by 17-1/2 inches and it is painted on heavy weight rough artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, as it was rendered in theater.

 

  SOLD 
ARCHER-02
US GI Throws Hand Grenade In Combat
This is an original watercolor combat unsigned artwork by P. Archer.

This painting depicts a US GI in the act of throwing a pineapple hand grenade in the heat of combat in the desert.

It measures 12-1/2 by 18-1/2 inches and it is painted on heavy weight rough artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$499.99 Available

DAK Combat Artist E. Harris 1941 "Battle of El-Alamein"

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FC-05
DAK Battle Oil Painting ArtistSigned and Dated Framed Lot

An Original and Authentic 1941 Dated Combat Artist E. Harris Signed and Framed Oil Painting "Battle of El-Alamein"

This is nicely rendered oil on canvas of the battle in North Africa showing a number of German Pz.Kpfw. II tanks engaged in heavy combat against a fortified position. The German tanks are under severe fire, with a number of them shown in this chaotic scene.

The painting has been period framed in a painted and distressed frame. The artist's signature and the date are at the lower left.

The overall size of the frame is 20 by 16 inches. The painting appears to be approximately 13 by 17 inches.

The frame is in near very good condition, with some minor wear to the edges and corners. It is not covered nor matted.

$999.99 Available


WWI Combat Art and Other Artwork


The paintings shown below are original artworks (unless otherwise specified) on heavy artist board of scenes during The Great War, 1914-1918.

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WHIT-001 Charles Frederick Whitney Art Work  This is a 7 x 8 inch watercolor of buildings by a pond done by Chares Frederick Whitney & so signed.

Charles Frederick Whitney was born in Pittston, Maine on June 18, 1858.

A painter, illustrator and art teacher, he studied at the Massachusetts State Normal Art School. He specialized in watercolor landscapes and seascapes of the Eastern United States.

Whitney published several books used in art instruction, and taught at the Wheelock School in Boston, Massachusetts. He also taught at the Summer Camp (Camp Vision) at Tamworth, New Hampshire. He exhibited widely in the New England.

The condition is near MINT.
$149.99 Available
WWIART-01
Red Baron Action Combat Art
It measures 18 by 13-1/2 inches in a 18-1/4 by 22-1/4 inch frame and it is not matted.  The frame appears to have been the original first frame. It is gilt washed with carved floral repeating pattern molding

The colors are bright and there are very minor signs of fading.  There is one very slight and almost unnoticeable blemish above the middle wing of Richthofen's Fokker Dr.I triplane.  It is interesting to note the cowl is painted black.

  SOLD
WWIART-02
Company A 121st Engineer Battalion Combat Art
This is an original pen and watercolor combat unsigned artwork

This painting depicts the 121st Engineer Battalion when it was was redesignated as the 121st Engineer Regiment, DC National Guard, in 1922 on parade in Washington, DC in sleet and rain. It is apparently unsigned.

The 121st Engineer Battalion (Combat) were the first American forces to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day, landing at 0710 in the morning, ahead of the 116th Infantry Combat Team of the 29th Division. They suffered great losses in the early minutes of battle of Normandy.  Company A is based out of Prince Frederick County, Maryland.

It measures 14 by 10 inches in a 18-1/2 by 15 inch frame and it is not matted.  The frame appears to have been the original first frame. It is gilt washed with a repeating pattern molding

The colors are bright and there are very minor signs of fading.

$299.99 Available
WWIART-04
German Imperial Soldiers Oil On Board Painting Art
This is an original oil on board unsigned artwork of several Prussian Imperial soldiers relaxing.

This painting depicts several cavalry officers and artillery officers gathered around a piano and singing. It is apparently unsigned.

It measures 8 by 11 inches in a 10-1/2 by 14 inch frame and it is not matted.  The frame appears to have been the original first frame. It is gilt washed plaster on wood molding.  There are some chips to the gilt of the frame.

The colors are bright and there are very minor signs of fading.

$499.99 Available
WWIART-03
French Republic 1st Division Colors Gallipoli Combat Art

(PRINT)

This is a period PRINT of the 1915 combat artwork by Georges Scott.

This drawing depicts a very cold group of French 1st Division soldiers standing in snow with division colors furled on stacked arms, standing in snow and ice of the Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey in the winter of 1915.

It measures 21 by 15-1/2 inches in a 18-1/2 by 24 inch frame and it is matted.  The frame appears to have been the original first frame and the print mounted to composite fiber board. This is the signature and date.

The colors are somber and subdued and there are very minor signs of foxing from age.

$199.99 Available

WWII German Combat Artist Artworks, 1940-1945


The paintings shown below are by German (or Axis) combat artists and as described in each offering.

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SSCA-03
Adolf Hitler Early Watercolor Portrait Painting
This is an original color combat artist signed watercolor and ink artwork by G. Pauzort (?).

This is an early painting from an unusual angle of Adolf Hitler in his brown uniform tunic.  By his haircut, it appears to have been rendered in the early 1930s.  This is a close-up of the artist's signature.

This painting has the provenance statement on the back of the four previous owners dating back to the original acquisition in 1941 and subsequent transfers in 1968 and 1973

It measures 14 by 18 inches and it is single matted in red.  The frame measures 19 by 23 inches. It is a light stained solid wood frame.

 

$799.99 Available
SSCA-303
Adolf Hitler
Lithograph Portrait Painting in Wartime Military Uniform
This is an original pen & ink sketch signed  lithograph.

This is a mid-war rendering from an unusual angle of Adolf Hitler in his brown uniform.

It measures 6-1/2 by 8-1/4 inches.  It is not mounted or framed.  Here is a view of the reverse.
  SOLD
SSCA-04
Adolf Hitler 1942 Dated Pen & Ink Portrait Painting
This is an original pen&ink sketchsigned watercolor and ink artwork initialed P.T. with a stylized "H" signature.

This is a mid-war rendering from an unusual angle of Adolf Hitler in his brown uniform shirt ant tie.

This painting has a preliminary pencil sketch that was never completed on the back of the page.

It measures 6-1/2 by 8-1/4 inches.  It is not mounted or framed.

 

$399.99 Available
SSCA-01
Waffen-SS Foreign Volunteer Portrait
This is an original color combat signed artwork by Collota (?).

This painting depicts a member of the foreign volunteers of the Waffen-SS in his M-43 cap with eagle and skull and double sigrune collar tab insignia.

It measures 14 by 9-1/2 inches and it is painted film mounted on heavy weight rough artist board.

There are some smudges and soiling, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$299.99 Available
HJCA-01
Hitler Youth Oil on Mason Board Oil Portrait
This is an original color portrait unsigned artwork.

This painting depicts a member of the German Youth with his tan uniform and black kerchief with slider.

It measures 15-3/4 by 11-5/8 inches and it is painted film mounted on heavy weight rough artist board.

There are some signs of age, and some very slight corner bumps that doesn't impact content and could be masked by proper framing.  The tan area at the upper right corner is not damage, it is part of the painting.

 

$499.99 Available
SSCA-02
Condor Legion Spanish Civil War German Soldier Portrait
This is an original watercolor combat 1936 (XXXVI) dated and signed artwork by Zim (?).

This painting depicts a member of the Condor Legion in his plain steel helmet cap with his bedroll and rifle. This is a close view of the art.

It measures 8 by 10 in a 14-1/2 by 11-1/2 inch gilded wood frame and it is double matted.  It was framed in the 1950s.

There are some very slight spots, as it was rendered in theater.

 

$299.99 Available