- Contributed by
- dr. jhr. Eric Cabris van Amelrode
- People in story:
- Henry Raeburn DOBSON (1901-1985)
- Background to story:
- Royal Air Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 02 June 2004
Henry Raeburn DOBSON (Edinburgh 1901-1985)
Henry Raeburn DOBSON (Edinburgh 1901-1985) was a Scottish society portrait painter, who, in preparation of D-Day, flew with recognaisance flights to the continent and photographed ennemy positions. To do this, he had he lie on his stomach in these small planes with his camera, while of course shot at. After the invasion, he came with the first British troops to Brussels, Belgium and became befriended with many people in the Brussels society (ministers, aristocrats, bankers, etc...). Since then, every year he would come to Brussels (where he rented a studio) for a couple of months and make impressive portraits of Society people. Everybody I meet and who have known him tell me he was the epithomy of the Scotsman : kind, gentle, terribly well educted and ALWAYS wearing .... a kilt ! But, the War had left his marks on him ! He is indeed my personal heroe and I have his portrait here at home, hanging in a major spot in my drawing room. In 1945 he also made some portraits of his mates Group Cpt. P.B.B. and Ogilvie.
dr. Jhr. Eric Cabris, van Amelrode,
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