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Cranston Fine Arts are proud to be the publisher of Ivan Berryman's naval and aviation art paintings. Over the last 20 years, Ivan Berryman has become one of the leading aviation artists in the United Kingdom. He is widely acclaimed and collected throughout the world, his attention to detail is unsurpassed. His portrayals of aviation and naval life has ensured his work hangs in galleries and private collections around the world. Cranston Fine Arts can arrange private commissions : please contact David Higgins at Cranston Fine Arts, via the contact details at the bottom of the page. 



Ivan Berryman's comprehensive series of aviation art prints and paintings of 617 Squadron's epic mission to destroy the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams on the Ruhr, a mission that has gone done in history in film and art.  The heroic Dambuster crews have been commemorated in this series produced over the past three years consisting of over 30 paintings which have now been produced in fine art aviation prints and canvas prints.  Many of the tragic losses of these heroic crew members have been recaptured for the first time. Part of this series have been produced with very limited editions, some as low as 30 prints making them very sought after and collectable.


Over the past 8 years Ivan Berryman has produced a series of World War One aviation paintings depicting many of the top aces from all countries and the aircraft they flew.  The series totals 100 paintings and art prints making it one of the major collections in its field. Less than 6 paintings now remain available and some of the editions are running low.  Many special offers only available on this site.
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Battle of Trafalgar Maritime Art Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
The Battle of Trafalgar by Robert Taylor.

The Battle of Trafalgar - The First Engagement by Ivan Berryman.
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Saunders Roe Jet Aircraft Aviation Prints by Ivan Berryman.

Saro SR.A1 Over the Needles by Ivan Berryman. (APB)

Saro Sr.53 by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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US Fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor.

The Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941 by Ivan Berryman
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P-38 Lighting Aviation Art Prints by Ivan Berryman and Nicolas Trudgian.

Lt William J Dixie Sloan by Ivan Berryman.
Pacific Glory by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Gunther Rall Signed Battle of Britain Aviation Art by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
Dawn Eagles Rising by Robert Taylor.

Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (B)
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 Often referred to as the 'Whispering Giant', Bristol's sleek Type 175 Britannia represented a milestone in turboprop airliner design, although it was already something of an anachronism by the time it entered service, as the jet age was just getting underway. Nevertheless, 85 Britannias were built before production ceased in 1960, many serving with BOAC, as exemplified by G-ANBG, seen here before being re-registered because superstitious pilots disliked the letters 'NBG', believing them to be an acronym of 'No Bloody Good!'.

Bristol Britannia by Ivan Berryman.
 Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054 is seen taking to the air for a test flight in June 1936 from Eastleigh Airport in Southampton. Few, at the time, could have known what an iconic aircraft R J Mitchell had designed, yet the beautiful, classic lines were there to see in the very first example.

Into History - Spitfire Prototype by Ivan Berryman.
 First flown in 1948, the Vickers Viscount was the first turbopop commercial airliner to enter service anywhere in the world. Renowned for its comfort, quietness and large windows, it became one of the most successful and profitable aircraft of the post-war era. British European Airways added a large number of Viscounts to their fleet, starting in April 1953, the type continuing for many decades before being finally withdrawn from BEA's successor, British Airways, in the 1980s. Many examples continued to fly with other airlines and charter companies and several examples are preserved in museums.

Viscount Outbound by Ivan Berryman.
 Following the launch of the first component of the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998, this microgravity and space environment research laboratory has continued to grow, the whole being made up of a number of pressurised modules, solar arrays and a variety of other components. Aside from accommodation, there are laboratories for experiments in biology, physics, meteorology, the study of deep space and research related to future missions to the Moon and Mars. The ISS is easily the largest man-made object orbiting the Earth, which it does 15.54 times per day at an altitude that can vary between 330 and 435 km and can be clearly seen from Earth with the naked eye.

The International Space Station by Ivan Berryman.

 Designed originally by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, the prototype VC.10 took to the air for the first time from Brooklands, near Weybridge, in Surrey in 1962. One of only a few airliners ever to feature the tail 'quad' engine arrangement, the VC.10 became the mainstay of British Overseas Airways Corporation's operations worldwide, the type continuing to serve when Britain's major airlines merged to become British Airways. Many airframes continued their long service career with the Royal Air Force as air-to-air re-fuelling tankers well into the 21st Century, the type finally being retired in September 2013.

Queen of the Skies by Ivan Berryman.
 Bomb doors open and ready for the vital drop, Short Stirling III EH990 prepares to lay her deadly cargo of mines off the coast of the Frisian Islands on the night of 7th October 1943. LS-K failed to return from the perilous mission, the aircraft believed to have been the victim of a German night fighter.

Guardian Moon by Ivan Berryman.
 With his personal emblem of black and white fuselage band adorning his Fokker E.V, 153/18, Richard Wenzl briefly commanded Jasta 6, based at Bernes in August 1918, and claimed a modest 6 victories during his career with JG 1. The Fokker E.V was both fast and manoeuvrable, but a series of engine and structural failures meant that these exciting new machines saw only brief service before being re-worked to emerge as the D.VIII, sadly too late to make any impression on the war. Wenzl is shown here in combat with Sopwith Camels of 203 Sqn, assisted by Fokker D.VIIs, which served alongside the E.Vs of Jasta 6. The D.VII shown is that of Ltn d R Erich Just of Jasta 11, also based at Bernes.

Leutnant d R Richard Wenzl by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Aircraft of Jasta 10 prepare to taxi out for a dawn patrol, led by the fearless Leutnant Werner Voss in his Fokker F1 103/17 in September 1917. Arguments still rage concerning the colour of the engine cowling on his Triplane. Certainly, when the aircraft was delivered, its upper surfaces were painted factory finish streaked green and, it is recorded that it was flown as delivered with Voss personal mechanic noting that no extra painting was undertaken, aside from Voss Japanese kite face which occupied the nose.  However, research shows that by the time of Voss death on 23rd September 1917, after his epic battle with SE5s of 56 Sqn, the cowling was probably yellow in keeping with all Jasta 10 aircraft. Renowned by pilots from both sides for his bravery and extraordinary abilities with his diminutive Triplane, the young ace scored a total of 48 confirmed victories before being brought down by Lieutenant Rhys Davids on the very day that he was due to go on leave.  The Fokker F1 differed from the production DR.1 in detail only, Voss machine being fitted with a captured 110hp Le Rhone engine, his aircraft not being fitted with the outer wing skids common to the DR.1.

Leutnant Werner Voss by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


 The mainstay of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces fleet from 1941, the 72-foot Vosper MTBs were among the fastest and most successful ever built. With their three Packard 1400hp engines and bigger fuel tanks, these boats could reach speeds of up to 39 knots with a maximum range of 400 miles. Armament varied from boat to boat, but those depicted are fitted with the standard 21-inch torpedo tubes and a twin .5 inch MkV Vickers machine gun mounting. Crew was typically two officers and eleven ratings.

On the Step by Ivan Berryman.
 In January 1941, the young Mario Arillo was appointed the rank of Lieutenant Commander, placed in charge of the Regia Marina's submarine <i>Ambra</i> and was dispatched to the Mediterranean to help disrupt supplies to the Allied forces.  In May of that same year, Arillo attacked the British Dido Class Cruiser <i>HMS Bonaventure</i>, and Destroyers <i>HMS Hereward</i> and <i>HMS Stuart</i>, south of Crete, en route from Alexandria, the cruiser <i>Bonaventure</i> being sunk with great loss of life.  The <i>Ambra</i> is depicted here in a calmer moment, two of her crew scanning the horizon for 'business'.

Hunter's Dusk by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Under the command of Gianfranco Gazzana-Priaroggia, the Regia Marina submarine Leonardo da Vinci was to become the most successful non-German submarine of World War Two.  On 21st April 1943, she encountered the liberty ship SS John Drayton which was returning, unladen, to Capetown from Bahrain and put two torpedoes into her before surfacing to finish her off with shells.  The deadly reign of terror wrought by the combination of Gazzana-Priaroggia and his submarine came to an end just one month later when the Leonardo da Vinci was sunk by HMS Active and HMS Ness off Cape Finistere.

Scourge of the Deep - Leonardo da Vinci by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Sitting menacingly at a depth of 15 metres below the surface, just 2 km outside the heavily defended harbour of Alexandria, the Italian submarine Scire is shown releasing her three manned torpedoes, or <i>Maiali</i>, at the outset of their daring raid in which the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant and a tanker, were severely damaged on 3rd December 1941.  All six crew members of the three <i>Maiali</i> survived the mission, but all were captured and taken prisoner.  Luigi Durand de la Penne and Emilio Bianchi can be seen moving away aboard 221, whilst Vincenzo Martellotta and Mario Marino (222) carry out systems checks.  Antonio Marceglia and Spartaco Schergat, on 223, are heading away at the top of the picture.

Assault from the Deep by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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 One of the most versatile British aircraft of the second world war, the Mosquito was employed in many roles during the war, including as seen here, in photo reconnaissance.

Photo Reconnaissance Mosquito by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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Viewed from beneath the blistered guns of the damaged X and Y turrets of her sister HMS Ajax, Achilles come sunder fire from the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee during what was to become known as the Battle of the River Plate on the 13th December 1939. Shells from Achilles are closing on her opponent as the Graf Spee alters course at the start of the doomed battleships flight to Montevideo

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 Standing his aircraft at the height of just 60 feet above the waters of the Mohne, Flt Lt Maltby braves a hail of anti-aircraft fire just seconds before the release of the bouncing bomb that would at last breach the dam on that historic night of the 16th/17th May 1943.

Third Time Lucky by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 As the Suez crisis worstened in 1956, 8 Sqn's De Havilland Venoms found themselves in demand to attack enemy installations and aircraft on the ground from their base at Khormaksar in Aden.  Two of the type are shown here, glinting in the sun above their base.

8 Sqn Venoms by Ivan Berryman.
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 Spearheading the Falklands Task Force as it heads south in 1982, the carrier HMS Hermes is shown in company with two Type 21 frigates, HMS Arrow on the left and HMS Ardent in the near foreground.  In the far distance, HMS Glamorgan glints in the sun as Type 42 HMS Sheffield cuts across behind Hermes.

HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.
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 Under the watchful eye of his more experienced tutor a trainee pilot gets his first taste of the Spitfire Mk.IIa, airborne from Tangmere early in 1941.  the nearest aircraft is P7856 (YT-C) which enjoyed a long career, surviving until 1945.

The Fledgling by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Nelsons Flagship Vanguard is seen departing St Helens Anchorage heading a convoy of merchantmen en route to Lisbon and the Mediterranean on 8th April 1798.  This voyage would culminate in the Battle of the Nile where the British fleet routed that of the French at Aboukir Bay on the evening of 1st August that same year.

HMS Vanguard by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 The extraordinary Taube (or Dove) was extensively used by the Germans as a reliable, stable observation and reconnaissance aircraft as late as 1916, despite its archaic appearance. The Taube type first flew in Austria in 1909, the brainchild of Dr Igo Etrich and employed the early method of directional control known as differential wing-warping, instead of possessing ailerons and elevators. This version was powered by a Mercedes 6-cylinder inline engine and is a two-seat variant, much favoured by the Germans.

Etrich Taube by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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After joining the US Navy in 1966, Randy 'Duke' Cunningham went to Vietnam with VF96, flying the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. He became the conflict's first fighter Ace, and was to become one of the most highly decorated Aces of the war. With his RIO, Willie Driscoll, Duke achieved five victories in Vietnam, including 'three-in-a-day' on 10th May 1972. He later assumed command of the elite Navy Adversary Squadron of the Miramar Top Gun program. Retiring from the Navy, Duke was elected to Congress, where he now serves in the House of Representatives.

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On this day in Royal Navy history....

23 February

Found 93 matching entries.






23rdFebruary1891HMS BlakeAt Chatham preparing for recommissioning
23rdFebruary1910HMS BristolLaunched
23rdFebruary1911HMS CornwallArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1913HMS Duke of EdinburghSailed Alexandretta for Beirut
23rdFebruary1921HMS CurlewSailed Shaghai for Hong Kong
23rdFebruary1921HMS CaledonSailed Falmouth for Mounts Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS CordeliaSailed Falmouth for Mounts Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS InconstantArrived Pembroke
23rdFebruary1921HMS LowestoftSailed Algoa Bay for Mossel Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS CrocusArrived Malta
23rdFebruary1921HMS CarnationArrived Malta
23rdFebruary1921HMS L22Arrived Pembroke
23rdFebruary1922HMS LaburnumArrived Brisbane
23rdFebruary1926HMS LondonLaid down at Portsmouth Dockyard
23rdFebruary1928HMS CumberlandCommissioned
23rdFebruary1932HMS BidefordCommissioned
23rdFebruary1933HMS DanaeArrived Vera Cruz
23rdFebruary1933HMS ExeterArrived Falkland Islands
23rdFebruary1934HMS EagleSailed Penang for Singapore
23rdFebruary1934HMS AlectoArrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS DauntlessArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS DauntlessArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS H34Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L19Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L23Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L27Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L54Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L56Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L69Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L71Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L18Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L22Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L53Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS LupinSailed Bombay for Muscat
23rdFebruary1934HMS HastingsArrived Port Said
23rdFebruary1934HMS, HMNZS LeanderArrived St. Kitts from Barbados
23rdFebruary1934HMS ExeterArrived Port Stanley
23rdFebruary1934HMS DevonshireArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS BarhamSailed Arosa Bay for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS CourageousSailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS CourageousSailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS AchillesArrived St. Kitts from Barbados
23rdFebruary1935HMS FrobisherArrived St. Lucia
23rdFebruary1938HMS CumberlandCommissioned
23rdFebruary1940HMS ActiveArrived Gibraltar with steamer Maclaren
23rdFebruary1940HMS CossackSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS CardiffArrived Portland as Gunnery School Training Ship
23rdFebruary1940HMS DaintyArrived at Freetown.
23rdFebruary1940HMS DianaSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS EncounterExercised in the Firth of Forth.
23rdFebruary1940HMS ForesterRendezvoused HMS Mohawk which was escorting tanker Imperial Transport at Liverpool
23rdFebruary1940HMS ForesterSailed the Clyde
23rdFebruary1940HMS GallantAttacked U.61 east of Copinsay and inflicted some damage.
23rdFebruary1940HMS GriffinAttacked U.61 east of Copinsay and inflicted some damage.
23rdFebruary1940HMS ImperialSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS JackalExercised in the Firth of Forth and then left as cover for a TM convoy.
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisJoined Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisSailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.16
23rdFebruary1940HMS L23Sailed Rosyth for Blyth
23rdFebruary1940HMS BidefordAttacked a submarine contact WSW of Ushant
23rdFebruary1940HMS HastingsSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.102
23rdFebruary1940HMS GrimsbyExercised in the Firth of Forth.
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderrySailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderrySailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.16
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderryJoined Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS BerwickSailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow.
23rdFebruary1942HMS BridgewaterCdr. (retired) Nelson Ward Hampton Weekes, RN Assumed Command
23rdFebruary1942HMS BridgewaterA/Cdr. (retired) Henry Fawcus Gerrans Leftwich, RN Relinquished Command
23rdFebruary1944HMS Loch ShinLaunched
23rdFebruary1944HMS Loch ShinPennant K421
23rdFebruary1944HMS CotswoldA/Lt.Cdr. John William Whittle, DSC, RNVR
23rdFebruary1945HMS Loch GlendhuCommissioned
23rdFebruary1945HMS Loch GlendhuCommissioned
23rdFebruary1946HMS HargoodReturned to the USN
23rdFebruary1951HMS GambiaArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1956HMS Loch AlvieArrived Calicut
23rdFebruary1963HMS AlbionArrived Hong Kong
23rdFebruary1967HMS HermesFlyex off Malta
23rdFebruary1969HMS CavalierArrived Gibraltar to pay off and to be refitted
23rdFebruary1982HMS AmbuscadeSailed Gibraltar
23rdFebruary2001HMS GrimsbyGlasgow
23rdFebruary2001HMS CottesmoreBristol
23rdFebruary2001HMS GraftonIpswich
23rdFebruary2002HMS ChathamGibraltar
23rdFebruary2004HMS Ark RoyalPortsmouth
23rdFebruary2004HMS CardiffDevonport
23rdFebruary2004HMS InvinciblePortsmouth
23rdFebruary2005HMS CardiffPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2005HMS ArgyllPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2006HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2007HMS BrocklesbyBremerhaven
23rdFebruary2007HMS IllustriousTorquay

Entries in this list are supplied by worldnavalships.com


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