When I was very young the hours used to pass like minutes when I was drawing…it was a place where my thoughts we free of the everyday… Still a great place when I want a bit of a distraction. More war pigeons

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This is Crisp VC . On 15 August 1917, the ‘Nelson’ was attacked by a German mine-laying submarine UC63. In the ensuing battle Tom Crisp, skipper of the ‘Nelson’ Lying mortally wounded on the deck, in his last act was to scribbled a hasty message before he died, this was carried it to a vessel in the vicinity and help was sent to the gallant trawler crew all of whom were rescued. This was considered one of the most fortunate and meritorious Performances in the naval service.

Wonderful to find this #Repost from @stjude … . Edward Bawden’s 1927 wallpaper ‘Pigeon and Clock Tower’, the latest in our series of reissues by the artist & designer. Our new book, ‘Edward Bawden At Home’, features photographs of the paper in use at Bawden’s home in Saffron Walden, taken in 1989. All profits from this publication will be donated to our friends at The Fry Gallery. Find out more and purchase a copy via www.bawdenbook.co.uk

‘According to legend, St George was a Roman soldier born in what is now modern-day Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303. Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family. When he grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian. In 303 Diocletian, as part of a crackdown on the growing influence of the Christian community, ordered that all Christian soldiers in the army should be expelled and all Roman soldiers be forced to make the traditional pagan sacrifice. St George refused and denounced the edict in front of his fellow soldiers, declaring he was a Christian. Diocletian initially tried to convert him with offers of wealth and land but when he refused he was beheaded on 23 April 303. The myth of St George slaying a dragon originally appeared in stories told by the medieval Eastern Orthodox Church which were brought back to Europe by the Crusaders in the 10th and 11th centuries. According to one story, a town in Libya had a small lake with a plague-infected dragon living in it. The townspeople were gradually being killed by the dragon and started feeding it two sheep a day to appease it. When they ran out of sheep the king devised a lottery system to feed it local children. One day his own daughter was chosen and as she was being led out to the lake St George happened to ride past…..’

Works in progress… Another one of my four carrier pigeons from World War One . . . #narrative #birdlife .#artiststudio #inthestudio #artist #art #illustration  #worldwildlife #wildlife #naturalworld #birdssofinstagram #birdportrait #lovebirds #wildbirds #painting #wildlifeartist #waranimals #warpigeons #carrierigeons #pigeon #racingpigeon #mixedmedia #wildlifeartist. #humananimalrelationship #authorialillustration #contemporarypainting #art #conceptual  #britishartist #contemporaryartgallery #nationalpigeonservice