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Paintings From the Abbott Collection; Naval Aviation

 

Joseph Hirsch

Born in Philadelphia, 1910. Hirsch began art studies at Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, graduating with first prizes in life drawing and illustration. Awarded the Woolley Fellowship to Paris, 1935, Guggenheim Fellowships, 1942 and 1943. Prizes include Third Hallgarten Prize at National Academy, Lippincott Prize at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Honorable Mention in Prix de Rome competition. Represented in Museum of Modern Art, Boston, Philadelphia and Whitney Museums, and many private collections.

 

Making the Buoy
Joseph Hirsch #30
Oil on Canvas, circa, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
43 1/2h" x 59w"
88-159-EX

Back from hours in the air on patrol, a flight of four-engine patrol bombers settle to the water and maneuver up to the beaching buoys preparatory to beaching. To weary, hungry pilots and crew, the signals of the beaching crew are a welcome sight. After making their planes fast to the buoys, handling wheels and lines will be attached to the plane's hull and it will be towed up to the ramp. The beaching crew, clad in swimming trunks, wait until time to wade down the ramp to attach beaching gear.

 

 

Heave Away
Joseph Hirsch #15
Watercolor, circa, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
30 1/2h" x 38 1/2w"
88-159-FO

Lines fast and beaching gear in place, a Navy PRM patrol bomber swings tail-to to the seaplane ramp preparatory to being hauled ashore after a patrol flight. Supervising the operation from the wing is an officer of the plane crew. Note the stinger gun in the big tail.

 

 

Back From Patrol
Joseph Hirsch #8
Watercolor, circa, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
20 1/2h" x 26 3/4w"
88-159-FH

A Navy PRM, the Martin Mariner, rides with idle engines off its ramp waiting to be hauled out. Already the beaching crew, clad in summer suits, is wading out to attach lines and beaching gear. An officer of the bomber crew has climbed through a hatch and stands on the starboard wing roof to observe operations.

 

 

Onto the Ramp
Joseph Hirsch #11
Watercolor, circa, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
37h" x 49w"
88-159-FK

 Caught by the tail like some dripping sea monster, a Navy PRY patrol bomber is hauled from the water up the seaplane ramp at the end of a mission. Beaching these big flying boats is a precision performance. Beaching crews must first wade out and attach wheel fittings under the hull to permit the plane to be rolled onto the ramp. A towing line is fitted to the tail, and up she comes under the tug of a snorting tractor.

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02 May 2006