John Wonnacott

Sir Adam Thomson, b. 1926. Founder and chairman of British Caledonian Airways

About this artwork

A former pilot and flying instructor, Adam Thomson founded Caledonian Airways in 1961. British Caledonian Airways, with its tartan-clad cabin crew, was the largest independent UK airline until it was taken over by its arch-rival, British Airways, in 1988. This portrait was painted in Hangar 3 of Gatwick Airport, the focus of British Caledonian's operations. Perched on a beam below the roof is the small figure of artist John Wonnacott, enjoying a bird's eye view of this busy scene.

John Wonnacott

John Wonnacott