This is a World War I period Oil on Canvas Portrait of 96th Aero Squadron Pilot, and eventual Commanding Officer, and previously American Field Service (AFS) Veteran, Bruce Campbell Hopper.
One of the special features of this painting is that in it, Hopper is wearing his 96th Aero Squadron Badge over hsi pilot wing.
The framing was done some time in the last 30 years, presumably by a descendant.
The painting was professionally cleaned and restored by Anthony Moore Painting Conservation within the last decade.
According to Wikipedia:
Hopper left Harvard in the spring of 1917 and volunteered for the "American Field Service" (AFS) as a truck driver, carrying supplies for the French Army on the Soissons and Reims fronts.
When the United States joined the war he resigned from the AFS and enlisted as a Private, First Class in the United States Army Signal Corps, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).
The Army selected him for flight training, and upon completion of that training, commissioned him as a 1st Lieutenant.
He went on to serve as a combat pilot, flying the Breguet 14 B.2 bomber with the 96th Aero Squadron in France.
Early in 1918 he was injured in a crash, but quickly recovered and flew extensively until the end of hostilities.
He was credited with downing two enemy aircraft and was promoted to Captain in October 1918.
Highly decorated for his service, Hopper received the French Legion of Honor, the French Croix de Guerre, a Silver Star Citation, and a Pershing Citation, among other awards.
At the time of the Armistice, Hopper was one of two survivors of the original 96th Aero squadron.
In 1919 Hopper received orders to the General Headquarters, AEF, Paris for duty in the Army Historical Section/Sorbonne Detachment.
While there he wrote both a unit history of the 96th Aero Squadron and the Army's official military history of the day bombing campaign in France, entitled "When the Air was Young: American Day Bombardment, AEF, 1917 - 1918".
Approximately 26-1/8" in height x 22-1/2" in width x. 1-3/4" in thickness.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Wood Frame, canvas, oil paint, hook.
Wire wall mount.
This is from an Air Force collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-VAJJJX14 LBCGEX11/03/20 PsLBEGEX11/20 SBEJJX01/21
8 (Excellent): The painting shows very nice condition, has some light craquelure, No damage, with a beautiful, simple, gold leaf frame.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.