This was a completely unique piece commissioned by a customer.
Sydney E Frank was a businessman and philanthropist. He had made his fortune in the liquor industry; creating Grey Goose vodka and promoting a German liqueur Jagermeister. He sold Grey Goose for $2 billion in 2004 to Bacardi.
As a freshmen at Brown university in 1942, Frank had to leave after his first year because he couldn’t afford the tuition fees. In 2005, he made a single donation of $100 million to Brown university,the largest in their history. The Sydney E. Frank scholarships now fund about 130 students per year.
During WWII, Frank had worked for the aircraft engine manufacturers Pratt and Whitney and his interest in WWII led to campaigns to raise awareness of two of the most important unsung heroes of the war - Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and codebreaker Alan Turing for his work at Bletchley Park.