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Framed Art Deco style Shoreham airport



Framed Art Deco style Shoreham airport illustration featuring Talbot Lago car and de Havilland Dragon Rapide plane. Perfect for anniversary, birthday, Christmas gift. Can be personalised for £25 extra. Please enquire.

Graphic printed on 300gsm silk stock. A3 size. Complete with printers crop marks.

Complete with silver frame. and white mount. Poster is A3 in size. The complete size including the silver frame is 20” x 16”.


This illustration features a poster-style image of Shoreham Airport (also known as Brighton City Airport) in an Art Deco style by digital artist Vicky Vaughan. recalling the  The posters were inspired by the art deco style buildings in and around Sussex and Vicky plans to add more Art Deco landmarks to the collection.

With Vicky’s background in marketing, she is a firm believer in customer co-creation and posts her “unfinished” work on social media to gather important feedback. She asks, “What cars would you like to see?” “What planes would you like to see?”. She will also personalise these illustrations with customers personal messages and choice of cars / planes on request. It is the perfect gift for Art Deco movement fans.

There has been much debate over the name of Shoreham Airport which is officially known as Brighton City Airport. Many people, including the artist, still refer to it is Shoreham Airport and the art deco building is listed.  The airport, founded in 1910, is the oldest purpose-built commercial airport in the UK and is based in the parish of Lancing near Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex.

Featured in the illustration is a de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk plane which was actually built in the 1950s and replaced the de Havilland Tiger Moth which was built in the 1930s which is the art deco period. However, artistic license is a wonderful thing! Watch out for the Tiger Moth version of this illustration!

The Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined trainer aircraft which was used by the Royal Canadian Airforce and the Royal Airforce through much of the post-Second World War years. There are over 500 DHC-1 Chipmunk airframes remain airworthy with more being rebuilt every year” The Chipmunk in this illustration belongs to a friend of the artist and is based at Shoreham Airport. You can find out more about the Chipmunk on the RAF website.

The plane in the air is the DH89A Dragon Rapide which is constructed in wood and is a twin-engine biplane passenger aircraft. The first operator was Hillman Airways  and it made its debut flight at Hatfield on 13 July 1934, averaging 158 mph in the King’s Cup Air Race, before having to retire due to hail damage. Find out more by visiting the de Havilland Museum website.

The featured car is a Talbot Lago which was requested by the artists’ father who is a keen collector of car and plane models. There were lots of different shapes and models of the Talbot Lago – however, Vicky preferred the Art Deco style curves of the model she picked to illustrate.

Follow Vicky on Twitter to see Vicky’s latest Art Deco style illustrations.


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