I think I’ve finished around 12.30 last night.
There might be matt varnishing to do, framing (?), making the carpet look a little less grass like but this is pretty much it.
I’ll photograph it properly as well.
The title is the date of this speech:
What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over.
I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us.
Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.
But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”
Here’s some of the sketchbook pages used.
finally this shows how the paint is built up on the face.
Does the left hand needed a bit more work?otherwise looking good.Like the new shoes!
A good point. I didn’t want to give it too much importance (holding anything or making a sign). Even having the fingers in took way from the cigar hand. I eventually took a photo of my own hand and painted what I agree is a bit of a blob from it.
The shoes are much more stylish I agree. Based on a real photo of his footwear – he had patent zip fronted shoes! Very cool.
Hi Trevor – this is looking good – I have really enjoyed seeing this one come together. I particularly like the sketchbook pages and the final image – they really add something to the whole piece.
Great work trevor!