The Hawker Hurricane took to the skies one year before the Supermarine Spitfire, but no doubt due to the latter's more dynamic lines, more people tend to favor the Spitfire. But during the Battle of Britain, it was the Hurricane that did the brunt of the damage against the incoming Luftwaffe aircraft, shooting down three planes for every two by Spitfires. The Hurricane was produced continuously from 1935 through the end of World War II, with total production numbering around 14,000 examples. The plane fought in every theater of the war.
For this portrait, Koike-san chose to paint the rather understated night fighter scheme of No. 87 Squadron's commander, Denis Smallwood in his Mark IIc (BE500). From November of 1941 until September of the following year, these markings were seen on the unit's planes as they operated primarily in the skies of France.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 44.5cm x 34cm.