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Rivals in the North

© the artist. Photo credit: Shetland Museum and Archives (Shetland Amenity Trust)

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Scene at Sumburgh Airfield, c.1936. The painting was commissioned by Peter V. Clegg for Shetland Museum to provide a permanent record of the early years of the Shetland passenger and airmail service and to commemorate the start of the first scheduled air service to Shetland from Scotland in June 1936. The 'rivals' in the title refers to the competition between Ted Fresson and Eric Gander Dower as their airlines sought to serve the Orkney and Shetland Isles.

Shetland Museum and Archives





oil on board


H 86.5 x W 112 cm

Accession number

ART 1992.2

Acquisition method

gift, 1989

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