Royal Hare Force

Royal Hare Force by Dawn Mortiboy

About the Hare

Did you spot the aircraft in the ears? In the hare’s right ear is the Sopwith Camel, a British First World war single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. In the hare’s left ear is the iconic Supermarine Spitfire; the only allied aircraft to fly for the complete duration of the Second World War. It continued service into the 1950’s.
And if you hadn’t noticed the hare’s tail – it’s an RAF roundel. The air forces of ...
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Did you spot the aircraft in the ears? In the hare’s right ear is the Sopwith Camel, a British First World war single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. In the hare’s left ear is the iconic Supermarine Spitfire; the only allied aircraft to fly for the complete duration of the Second World War. It continued service into the 1950’s.

And if you hadn’t noticed the hare’s tail – it’s an RAF roundel. The air forces of the United Kingdom – ‘The Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm’, the army’s ‘Army Air Corps’, and the Royal Air Force all use a roundel. The roundel is a circular identification mark, painted on aircraft to identify them to other aircraft and ground forces. In one form or another, it has been used on British military aircraft from 1915 to the present.

And finally,…. Do you know what the medal ribbons represent? These are likely to be seen on the uniform of a relatively recent or current member of the armed forces.

Artist

Dawn Mortiboy

Artist Biography

I am a local Buckland artist that paints a lot of pet portraits, so I found the hare’s hair relatively easy to create – although it is much different painting on a 3d model than a 2d paper or canvas, but it was very enjoyable. I have a military connection ...
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I am a local Buckland artist that paints a lot of pet portraits, so I found the hare’s hair relatively easy to create – although it is much different painting on a 3d model than a 2d paper or canvas, but it was very enjoyable. I have a military connection – my husband Matt Mortiboy served in the army and now is secretary for the Faringdon Branch of the Royal British Legion, you may have seen him leading the parade on Remembrance Sunday through the town. I attend the weekly Shrivenham Art Society which is based at the Defence Academy in Watchfield where we have an exhibition of work twice a year.

I am always pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in learning more about my work or is thinking of having a painting of their pet commissioned. Feel free to email me for further information.