Historic Aviation Art is pleased to be featuring the estate of aviation artist John MacGilchrist. MacGilchrist was born in 1893 and passed away in 1977. From 1916 to 1931 MacGilchrist chronicled the birth of aviation during a time period known as "The Golden Age of Flight". Starting during his war years while serving as a Balloon Pilot in the RAF and continuing right on through to the birth of the Jet Age in the 1950's MacGichrist was quite literally there to witness and record everything.
The Estate of MacGilchrist consists of all of his unsold works, chiefly several hundred impressions of some 30 copper plate etchings and five lithographs that were created, hand-printed and hand-signed by him in 1929, 1930 and 1931. Additionally, there are 12 oils, watercolors and drawings dated from 1916 through 1919 and 9 large charcoal drawings from the 1920's and 1930’s. Finally, there are 30 oils and acrylic paintings of the jet aircraft of the 1950's and 1960’s that he painted after his retirement in 1953. Since their discovery and reintroduction to collectors and enthusiasts, MacGilchrist’s works today can be found in the collections of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Flight in Seattle; the Royal Air Force Museum in London; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The owners and curators of the collection invite persons with knowledge of MacGilchrist’s life and works to contact them and contribute to the rich story of this remarkable artist and writer.