An oval panel (345 × 272 mm) with a small hanging ring soldered to the reverse; metal tarnished on the flat surfaces, with a few splashes of paint elsewhere (but well away from the main image); overall in very good condition.
Amy Johnson CBE (1903-1941) was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930 and set a string of other records throughout her career. The head-and-shoulders portrait depicts a smiling Johnson in her leather jacket and helmet, goggles pushed up on top, flanked by a large pair of upswept feathered wings. This elaborate hand-wrought tribute is perhaps not surprising after her historic flight. She 'left Croydon Airport on 5 May, 1930 in a second-hand Gipsy Moth called Jason.... Amy landed in Australia on Saturday, 24 May to tumultuous crowds. Over the next six weeks she was treated like a superstar. Women asked their hairdressers for an Amy Johnson wave and the affectionate way in which she described Jason - "But the engine was wonderful" - became a catchphrase' (Amy Johnson Arts Trust website).