The beauty of wild flowers and still life. (10 )

Albert Durer Lucas-son of sculptor Richard Cockle-Lucas.

Thanks to the Chipperfield Bequest Southampton’s Art Gallery has  10 of ‘ADL’s’ beautiful paintings. Sadly, they have been on loan to private firms since 1997.  They are leased at over 100 pounds  a year each + VAT.     The income untill the end of 2009 was 10.000 pounds. The public of our City have not been able to view the paintings. A suggestion has been made that prints of the paintings be produced for an exhibition in the Art Gallery to enable the public to appreciate ‘ADL’s’ work.  Less costly than withdrawing those on loan.

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‘R.J’.Mitchell of Schneider & Spitfire Fame (9)

R.J.Mitchell-Aircraft designer supreme.

Sadly ‘R.J.’ died at an early age- a great loss to our Nation.He led the team at Supermarine to success, gaining the Schneider Trophy for Great Britain in1931.The only commemorative features to his memory being in Southampton are the Feature in Hazel Road, Woolston, outside the former ‘Goods Entrance’ to Supermarine. An English Heritage ‘Blue’ Plaque is installed at his former home in Russell Place, Highfield, Southampton.  A statue exist in the Hall of Aviation.Proposal for an ‘iconic’  feature of the ‘Spitfire’ in the ‘Old Docks’ awaits finality. Another feature combining a statue of ‘R.J’. plus former men & women of  ‘Supermarine Works’ would be a fine feature in the proposed Heritage Walk in the Southampton Central Parks. Easily accessible?