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The Shuttleworh Collection
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The Shuttleworth Collection by Ivan Berryman consists of 4 great signed limited edition art prints, of racing cars, steam engines and aircraft.
In the mid 1990s, I
was commissioned by the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome
in Bedfordshire to produce a number of small paintings to help
commemorate the collection’s 50th anniversary and to
celebrate the name of Shuttleworth in engineering excellence.
The centrepiece of my tribute was a painting that we called Shuttleworth Salute depicting the collection’s magnificent Spitfire Vc in ‘Vic’ formation with their Hawker Hind and Gloster Gladiator over Old Warden aerodrome. So pleased were they with the finished painting that it was suggested that the Shuttleworth family be approached to ask permission to ‘lift’ Richard Shuttleworth’s signature from his flight log book and have it printed, as if in his own hand, on each print. To everyone’s delight, permission was granted, citing that Richard would dearly have loved to have signed the prints himself were he alive to do so.
Salute by Ivan Berryman.
The engineering firm of Clayton and Shuttleworth was founded in Lincoln in 1867 and almost immediately began producing steam engines and steam traction engines of which they built some 10,000 examples. My painting shows a typical Clayton and Shuttleworth steam traction engine about to start work on forestry duties, hauling logs and providing the power to saw them. One such machine was being lovingly restored at Old Warden at the time that I produced my painting.
Iron Workhorse by Ivan Berryman.
During the First World War, their factories became aircraft works, building Sopwith Triplanes and, a little later, Sopwith Camels. This latter aircraft re-acquainted me with the name of Shuttleworth in 2008 when I painted the Red Baron’s Last Combat and placed Captain Roy Brown’s Sopwith Camel B7270 right in the foreground of the scene over the Somme River, this aircraft having been built at the Shuttleworth works before being issued to 209 Squadron for service in France.
It was between the
wars that the young Richard Shuttleworth began to form what is now the
collection that is so admired all over the world. Only he had the
foresight to preserve machines that were quickly being superseded and
becoming obsolete. He was a man obsessed speed and built himself an
enviable reputation as a racing driver, frequently taking part in events
at Brooklands as well as many overseas events. He frequently practised
his driving skills by thrashing has Alfa Romeo racing car around the
perimeter tracks of the family estate in Bedfordshire – much to the
chagrin of the many groundsmen and animals that shared the trackways. My
painting shows Richard in the British racing green Alfa at Donnington.
by Ivan Berryman.
In 1928, Richard
purchased the Panhard Levassor motor car that still runs regularly today
- even though it was almost thirty years old when he bought it!
This unique car regularly took part in the London to Brighton rally and it is at the start of this event that I chose to depict this historic vehicle for it was this very machine that sparked the entire collection that we see today. Visitors to Old Warden flying days will enjoy seeing this landmark vehicle trundling along the flight line as if 100 years had barely passed.
London to Brighton by Ivan Berryman.
For Richard, sadly,
his time was short. At the outbreak of World War Two he joined the RAF
as a service pilot, but lost his life in a flying accident whilst
piloting a Fairey Battle in 1940. But his legacy, thankfully, lived on
due to the foresight of his mother, Mrs Dorothy Shuttleworth OBE, who
founded the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Rememberence Trust.
During the war, the
collection was put into storage and the airfield at Old Warden pressed
into service as a maintenance facility. In many ways, it is still such
today, as well as being a fine museum and education centre.
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