A superb bronze 'Aviator' sculpture by Donald Gilbert (1900-1961), signed and dated S C 1939, with the appearance of a memorial plaque depicting the pilot looking skyward in front of a large 'Imperial' eagle 85.5 x 67cm (33¾ x 26½ins).
Donald Gilbert (1900-1961)
Son of Walter Gilbert, Donald trained and studied under Sir Alfred Gilbert at the Birmingham Central School of Art, also at the Royal College of Art under Derwent Wood and at the Royal Academy Schools under William Reid Dick and Henry Poole, winning silver and bronze medals for his work.
Donald Gilbert was a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Art, making regular contributions from 1925-1957. He is most famous for his bust of Edward Elgar and his design work for medals, plaques and awards.