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Cuthbert Orde

Full name: Cuthbert Julian Orde
Gender: Male
Born: December 18, 1888 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Great Britain
Died: December 19, 1968 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Art Competitions


Cuthbert Orde was an illustrator, mostly known for his drawings of Allied Battle of Britain pilots. He himself was also a pilot in World War I. He was officially commissioned by the Air Ministry to portray members of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain – in all 150 portraits were completed. These pilots were in the early part of their service at the time and many went on to become legendary names but all were members of Churchill’s “few” who showed great bravery under enormous pressure and seemingly insurmountable odds. He was the author of Pilots of Fighter Command\: Sixty Four Portraits. He also painted landscapes and still lifes.

In the early 1920s Orde had set up a painting studio in Paris, and influenced by the earlier Fauves movement, also experimented with a restricted palette. During World War I he was a member of the Royal Flying Corps and was eventually promoted Flight Commander to the rank of temporary Major in 1918. Forty of his friends spent an hour with him on his 80th birthday and after they left he told his wife “That is the best birthday party I have ever had” – he died a few hours later.

His brother Herbert Walter Julian was killed in action during the war and his other brother Michael Amyas Julian was held as a POW from 1916-18 and died in a flying accident in 1920. His father Sir Julian Walter Orde (1861-1929) was the founder and a long-term Secretary of the Automobile Car Club of Britain and Ireland. The family had a strong military tradition going back several centuries.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Great Britain GBR AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Great Britain Final Standings AC Wing-Commander Orlebar A.F.C. (Holder of World's Speed Record)
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