Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The Garbo of the Skies
The Garbo of the Skies’
Portrait of Jean Batten (1909 – 1982)
Acrylic on hessian on board
Hine-o-te-Rangi: Daughter of the skies
She was the manifestation of triumph and hope against the odds through the dark days of the depression. In 1934 she smashed by six days Amy Johnson’s flight time between England and Australia. The following year she was the first woman to make the return flight. In 1936 she made the first ever direct flight between England and New Zealand and then the fastest ever trans-Tasman flight. Jean Batten was the ‘Garbo of the Skies’. She stood for adventure, daring, exploration and glamour. In her time Jean Batten was one of the most famous people in the world.
Posted by Rudolf Boelee at 23:21