Original Charles Hubbell
The major portion of Charles Hubbells body of work was commissioned by the Thompson/TRW Company. Most of the hugely popular annual calendars and lithograph original art was done in oil. Eventually The TRW Company donated most of these originals to the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. (Also known as the Western Reserve Museum, where they can be seen, today.) Original oils are rarely offered on the open market. Most from our collection were in the Smithsonian Exhibition.
Of the original oils from Hubbells own collection, which hung in his home or in his Cleveland studio at Thompson Products Co. these are some of his most significant works:
The magnificent Laird Super Solution was chosen as the poster image out of several hundred of his works in the major EAA exhibition at Oshkosh in 1987. The original posters of that exhibit, featuring this image were sold for $10 each at that time. We still have a small supply for those interested in obtaining one. The fact that the Laird painting is signed by Hubbell, designer Matty Laird, and Pilot Jimmy Doolittle makes it the Star of the collection.
The matched pair of the 1912 Caudron and Lathams Antoinette are from Hubbells Thompson studio walls.. The Howard Mike is assumed to have been a gift from Hubbells protg Joe Jankowski. As far as is known this is the only aircraft painting done by Jankowski because he interrupted his career to enter a seminary. The Hubbell influence and style are unmistakable.
The Stearman C3R is a very early dated Hubbell of 1929, since Hubble painted over the dated when his paintings didnt sell quickly. The Curtiss Falcon oil is believed by his son to be one of his earliest and largest oils from 1926.
Finally, what better icon of the Golden Age of aviation could be imagined than the combination of two of its most popular and recognizable names, Charles Hubbell and the Gee Bee? We think of it as the co-star of the collection.
All paintings are in original frames. Sizes given below are for the unframed painting in most cases.
Museums: Note that no cash is needed to acquire these important paintings/exhibits. We are open to trade offers from your surplus artifacts and storage items.
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