Robert Taylor

 

A Time For Heroes

In his masterful painting A Time For Heroes Robert Taylor pays tribute to the World War II fighter aircrews of the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. A panoramic scene from the era of the Battle of Britain shows Mk I Spitfires of 234 Squadron, 10 Group's top scoring squadron, returning to St. Eval after intercepting heavy raids on south coast ports during the heaviest fighting, in September 1940. St. Michael's Mount, the castle built on the site of a 14th Century monastery to defend Britain's shores from earlier enemies, provides a symbolic backdrop as once again a band of brothers is called upon to defend their Sceptred Isle.

The Battle of Britain Edition individually numbered 1-500 and signed by
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN
Wing Commander BOB DOE
Wing Commander GEORGE 'Grumpy' UNWIN

The Fighter Pilots Edition individually numbered 1-250 with additional signatures of
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE
Wing Commander JOHN FREEBORN
Commander MIKE CROSLEY (companion print)
Flight Lieutenant JOHN SQUIER
Lieutenant Commander PETER MEADWAY (companion print)
Squadron Leader MAHINDER PUJJI

Signed and Numbered Print
£210.00
Edition Size - 500

The Fighter Pilots Edition
£275.00
Edition Size - 250

Artist Proof
£395.00
Edition Size - 25

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Overall Print Size 31" x 23"

Aces on the Western Front- The Giclee Studio Proof

The ancient Norman monastery on Mont St. Michel provides the majestic backdrop as a group of Me109s race across the coast returning to their forward base in northern France after a fighter sweep across the English Channel in early 1941.

Every canvas is signed by Robert Taylor, stamped on the back, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Studio Proof - Giclee on Canvas (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 75

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Overall canvas size: 36” wide x 24” high

Air Armada - The Hardest Days Part 1

Robert Taylor’s magnificent masterwork, Air Armada, recreates a moment on that day as Heinz Bär, the Luftwaffe’s top-scoring NCO Ace of the Battle of Britain and one of the greatest Aces in history, climbs away from his airfield near Calais with the other pilots of 1./JG51 to escort the Do17s of KG76 for yet another deadly attack on the RAF. Away in the distance, Me110s from EPRG 210 also prepare to join the epic encounters that lie ahead.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered; together with two famous Luftwaffe fighter Aces who flew and fought in the Battle of Britain.

Oberst HAJO HERRMANN
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB

The Limited Edition (edition size 450)
Price £200.00

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 Overall Print Size: 33” wide x 25¼” high

(The Bomber Command Tribute Edition Original Pencil Drawing)

Almost Home

One aircraft above all came to symbolise the valiant deeds that these young men undertook – the mighty Avro Lancaster. Introduced in early 1942, it quickly became the backbone of Bomber Command and it wasn’t long before a score of airfields across the east of England reverberated to the sound of its four mighty Merlin engines.

Almost Home recreates a scene that was familiar to anyone in Bomber Command. A lone 9 Squadron Lancaster, separated from the main force during a punishing mission to Germany in late 1944, returns to safety. The weary crew are no doubt relieved to see familiar fields beneath them as they approach their base at RAF Bardney. 9 Squadron had received their Lancasters in September 1942 and became a leading unit within Bomber Command. Working on operations alongside 617 Squadron, they specialised in dropping Barnes Wallis’s famous 12,000lb ‘Tallboy’ bombs, including the successful mission to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.

This previously unreleased work was commissioned by a crew member of the featured Lancaster in 1984, the decade that saw artist Robert Taylor shoot to international renown as the world’s most widely collected aviation artist. A timeless and poignant classic, Almost Home has been selected from the Military Gallery Archives to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. The world’s oldest independent air force, the RAF was formed towards the end of WWI on 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create what was then the largest air force in the world. Since then the RAF has played a significant role in British military history.

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two highly-regarded RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew Lancasters on operations over Europe during World War II, including a Rear Gunner who served with 9 Squadron:

W.O. HARRY IRONS DFC
Flt Lt RUSSELL 'RUSTY' WAUGHMAN DFC AFC

THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, ARTIST PROOFS & REMARQUES
Each print in these historic eight signature editions is additionally signed by a further six distinguished RAF Bomber Command veterans including a Mid-Upper Gunner who served with 9 Squadron:

W.O. KEN JONSON Ld'H
W.O. RUPERTY NOYE DFC
W.O. CECIL 'CHICK' CHANDLER Ld'H
W.O. HAROLD KIRBY Ld'H
W.O. REG PAYNE
Fg Off VIC FARMER

THE BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE EDITION
With original drawing and seventeen signatures!
With all the signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each print is issued with a specially commissioned original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor which has been signed by five highly distinguished veterans who flew with RAF Bomber Command during WWII. Each drawing is conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further four famous Bomber Command veterans, including its legendary Commander in Chief, Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris:

Sqn Ldr GEORGE 'JOHNNY' JOHNSON MBE DFM
Flt Lt KEN TRENT DFC*
Sqn Ldr DOUGLAS JOSS MBE
W.O. FRANK TILLEY
Flt LtGEORGE DUNN DFC

The matted signatures:

MRAF Sir ARTHUR HARRIS Bt GCB OBE AFC
Sqn Ldr RICHARD 'TERRY' KEARNS DSO DFC DFM
Flt Lt ERNEST WEBB DFC
Flt Lt ROBERT SOUTER

The signatories included in this edition flew a staggering 681 bombing missions between them!

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
UK £195.00
Edition Size - 100

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 220

THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
UK £350.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £825.00
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £1395.00
Edition Size - 10

THE BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE PROOFS (subject to availability)
UK £2995.00
Edition Size - 10

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American Clipper Flying Cloud - The Giclee Studio Proof

For two glorious decades in the mid- nineteenth century, the world’s great sea trading routes were dominated by the magnificent ‘Yankee Clippers’. And none were finer or more famous than the American clipper Flying Cloud, legendary for her world beating speed records, some of which stood for 100 years, and for having a female Navigator - unheard of in 1854!

Studio Proof - Giclee on Canvas (Issued pre-stretched)
US $725.00 UK £475.00
Edition Size - 75

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Overall size: 40” wide x 26” high

American Clipper Flying Cloud

The American Clipper Flying Cloud arrives at Hong Kong in May 1860, 97 days out of London. En-route to Foochow, she will load tea for the return voyage. Of all the famous American Clippers Flying Cloud had by far the best record.

Signed and Numbered Print
US $255.00 UK £175.00
Edition Size - 950

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Overall print size: 32" x 24"

The Matted Collectors Edition

At The Days End

Working with a combination of graphite and coloured paints on ‘buff’ coloured paper to create a unique sepia effect, Robert Taylor’s outstanding Masterwork brings to life a moment during September 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. With an intuition unsurpassed by his peers, the world’s foremost aviation artist depicts a group of battle-weary Spitfire pilots from 92 Squadron after a long day’s fighting. Exhausted, they wait whilst ground crews hastily re-fuel and re-arm their aircraft at Biggin Hill ready for the next combat. No one knows when the alarm will sound but, when it does, they will, as always, be ready.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Robert Taylor, every print has been personally autographed by two highly regarded RAF veterans who flew in combat during the Battle of Britain:

Wing Commander JOHN ‘TIM’ ELKINGTON
Hurricane Pilot with 1 Sqn / 1 victory

Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM ‘BOB’ HUGHES DFC AFC
WOp/AG on Blenheims with 23 Sqn

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
To help commemorate the centenary of the RAF, each print in these memorable FIVE signature editions is additionally signed by three prominent veterans who served during the Battle of Britain:

Flight Lieutenant ARCHIE McINNES
Hurricane Pilot with 610 Sqn

Leading Aircraftman JOHN LOOSEMORE
Aircraft Technician on Spitfires with 74 'Tiger' Sqn

Section Officer JOAN FANSHAW
Plotter in the Ops Room at RAF Uxbridge

THE MATTED COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Each print in these TEN signature editions is also personally signed by two iconic Battle of Britain fighter Aces and conservation matted to include an original piece of WWII Hurricane and the original autographs of three further Battle of Britain Aircrew:

Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC
Hurricane Pilot with 249 Sqn / 14 victories

Wing Commander PAUL FARNES DFM
Hurricane Pilot with 501 Sqn / 8 victories

The matted signatures:

Group Captain ARTHUR MONTAGU-SMITH
Defiant Pilot with 264 Sqn

Group Captain BILLY DRAKE DSO DFC*
Hurricane Pilot with 1 Sqn / 24½ victories

Flight Lieutenant ERIC PARKIN
Hurricane Pilot with 501 Sqn

HURRICANE LF363 - Set within the matting is an original piece of Mk IIc Hurricane LF363. The fighter flew operationally during WWII with 309 Polish, 26 and 69 Squadrons and is believed to be the last Hurricane to enter service with the RAF. After the war the aircraft appeared in several movies including Reach for the Sky (1955) and The Battle of Britain (1968) before joining the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The fighter crashed in 1991 and it was during the restoration that these pieces of the original airframe were officially acquired; the aircraft re-joined the Memorial Flight in 1998, where it still flies today.

Matted size: Approx 34¾" x 18¼"

THE MATTED REMARQUE EDITIONS
For those collectors who want something more, these two very exclusive editions will include an original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor hand-crafted to order in the lower margin of the print. Limited to fifteen copies worldwide plus just ten DOUBLE remarques – with a larger and even more elaborate drawing – collectors have the opportunity to acquire a highly sought after original work by the world’s most collected aviation artist. Each remarqued copy is then individually conservation matted with all components of the Collector’s Edition.

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 50

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
UK £150.00
Edition Size - 100

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £195.00
Edition Size - 15

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
UK £345.00
Edition Size - 35

THE REMARQUES
UK £795.00
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £1395.00
Edition Size - 10

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Overall print size: 31 ½” wide x 12 ½“ high

Baders Bus Company - The Studio Giclee Proof

On Saturday, 9 August 1941 the unthinkable happened: the legendary Fighter leader Douglas Bader failed to return from a mission over northern France. Immediately, without thought for their own safety, the fiercely loyal pilots of his Tangmere Wing set out on a sweep to search for him, hoping that he may have successfully baled out into the Channel. By nightfall, however, there was no sign of him and everyone feared that their famous Wing Leader might have been lost. A few days later, however, the good news filtered into Tangmere; Bader, renowned as the Fighter Ace with artificial legs, had survived, albeit as a prisoner of war.

Robert Taylor’s famous painting portrays Spitfires of the Tangmere Wing flying a southerly course towards the Pas de Calais and a doubtless engagement with Adolf Galland’s ‘Abbeville Boys’. The glorious colours of sunrise glint on the sleek fighters as they streak out over the early
morning cumulus clouds.

The painting depicts a peaceful prelude to what will inevitably become an intense dogfight for the younger pilots and takes its unusual name from the witty message chalked up on one of the Wing’s notice boards – ‘Bader’s Bus Company – daily tickets to the Continent – Return tickets only!’. Every time the mercurial Wing Leader crossed the French
coast he would announce: ‘Bader’s Bus Company on time’.

The original lithograph edition, which was personally signed by pilots from this famous unit, are long sold out and will always remain in great demand. However, thanks to the latest high-technology Giclée process, collectors can at last enjoy this much admired image on canvas through the release of these new Studio Proofs.

Each canvas is hand-signed by the artist Robert Taylor, stamped on the back, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of authenticity.

STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 75

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Band Of Brothers

The mighty Lancaster, the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command, crewed by volunteers from Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa, and many other nations opposed to Nazi rule, flew day and night sorties whenever there was a chance of reaching the target. Their unflinching courage, and selfless devotion to duty paved the way for the D-Day invasion, and the ultimate liberation of Nazi occupied Europe. Embellished with Goering's infamous quotation "No Enemy Plane Will Fly Over The Reich Territory", S for Sugar took her bombs to Berlin, Hamburg, Schweinfurt, Bremen, Hanover, Wurzburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and other prime targets, flying the second greatest number of operational sorties of any bomber in the Command. Time and again Sugar brought her crew home, often limping back riddled with flak and bullet holes, occasionally on three engines, and once all the way back from the German capital with a badly damaged wing following a mid-air collision over the target. Robert Taylor's emotive new painting shows S for Sugar on the morning of 27th April, 1944 after her 95th sortie - a raid on the ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt. As the battle-scarred bomber taxies in at RAF Waddington, other 467 Squadron Lancasters follow, heading for their dispersal points. Already the weary crews begin their informal debriefing. By the war's end this trusty bomber had completed no fewer than 137 operations over enemy territory, bringing her crew home every time. Now magnificently restored to her former glory, S for Sugar resides in the RAF Museum at Hendon, providing a lasting tribute to the gallant men of RAF Bomber Command. ne famous aircraft was typical of, and ultimately came to symbolise, the men and machines of Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Flying initially with 83 Squadron Pathfinder Force, then 467 Squadron RAAF, Avro Lancaster serial number R5868, call sign S for Sugar, took part in almost every major attack on Germany between the summer of 1942 and the end of hostilities. With the life expectancy of a new Lancaster being just a few months, it was a miracle she survived the war.

RAF BOMBER COMMAND EDITION Signed by a total of TEN Pilots and crew from RAF Bomber Command 1939- 45

RAF BOMBER COMMAND EDITION
Marshal of the Royal Air Force SIR MICHAEL BEETHAM
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Fl Lieutenant HARRY HUGHES
Fl Lieutenant JOHN PETRIE-ANDREWS
Air Marshal SIR JOHN CURTISS
Sqdn Leader E. GRAY WARD
Sqdn Leader \"MAC\" HAMILTON
Sqdn Leader REG LEWIS
The Lord MACKIE of BENSHIE
Sqdn Leadrer HARRY WRIGHT

The Bomber Command Edition
£275.00
Edition Size - 250

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Overall Print Size 30" x 23"

Battleship Row - The Aftermath

Reproduced from Robert Taylor's stunning pencil drawing, one of his finest ever, this evocative and dramatic scene shows the famous Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor immediately after the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.

Each print is individually signed by the artist.

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 750

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 Overall print size:23" x 17"
Bitter Engagement

Just after midday on 27 September 1940 one of the bitterest engagements of the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over Kent when the Spitfires of 19 Squadron took on the Bf109s of JG54. In the huge dogfight that ensued, 19 Squadron claimed 8 enemy aircraft destroyed.

Robert Taylor’s outstanding drawing is a lasting tribute to the gallant young pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain and with each print signed by Aircrew who participated during those crucial months.

THE LIMITED EDITION
All prints in every edition have been personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor, together with two distinguished Battle of Britain Fighter pilots.

Flt Lt LEN DAVIES - Hurricanes / 151 Sqn
A/Cdre JOHN ELLACOMBE CB DFC* - Hurricanes / 151 Sqn

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £70.00
Edition Size - 300

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 Overall print size: 13” wide x 9” high

Breaking Cover

Concealed in the woods of northern France, Fw190 pilots break cover ready for a quick take-off to intercept Allied bombers in the summer of 1944.

One of the great fighters of World War II, the Fw190 for a time came to dominate the war-torn skies of Europe and was flown by many of the Luftwaffe's great Aces.

This outstanding edition carries the original signatures of some of the greatest Fw190 Aces in history.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print has been personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor, together with THREE highly experienced Luftwaffe pilots that flew the Fw190 in combat:

Unteroffizier GERHARDT KOTT 8 victories
Leutnant HELMUT BALLEWSKI Iron Cross
Stabsfeldwebel ERICH AXTHAMMER KC 4 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 275

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £145.00
Edition Size - 25

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Overall print size: 22 5/8” wide x 18 3/4” high

Broken Silence - Giclee Studio Proof

As dusk brought the end to the day’s action for some, it was just the beginning of things to come for many others. RAF raids continued throughout the night as the heavy bombers headed for targets across occupied Europe supported by one of the most versatile aircraft of them all; the DeHavilland Mosquito. Its speed was enviable and it soon became the finest multi-role combat aircraft of WWII.

Internationally hailed as one of Robert Taylor’s most iconic paintings, Broken Silence depicts a scene typical in Norfolk, England during the summer and autumn of 1943 as two pairs of Mosquito B.IVs, each powered by two phenomenal Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines, head out over the East Anglian fens on a low-level precision strike against enemy targets in Holland.

The original print edition, autographed by some of the most famous aircrew to fly the Mosquito, is long sold out and a prized collector’s item, the Military Gallery is therefore proud to announce that this epic image is now available as a Giclée Studio Proof. Printed directly onto fine canvas, each proof is signed by Robert Taylor, individually numbered, stamped on the reverse and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Carefully crafted onto fine canvas, each of these crafted Giclée Proofs are fully authorized and signed by Robert Taylor, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each canvas is released pre-stretched ready to simply drop into a frame of your choice.

STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £525.00
Edition Size - 75

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Stretched Canvas Size: 36” wide x 24” high

Companion Print - The Way We Were - Pearl Harbor, Sunday 7th December 1941

Calm Before The Storm

Dawn had broken to reveal another glorious day in paradise, and on board the USS Arizona and the repair ship USS Vestal alongside, the crew were taking it easy. All next week they would be hard at work preparing for sea, but today was Sunday, and that meant light duties. But within the hour out of nowhere, Japanese carrier-based aircraft would descend upon the unsuspecting Naval base. As the crews register bright red circles on their wings, the blood froze in their veins. They realized that hell had come to Pearl Harbor!

Then, just before 08.10hrs, the unthinkable happened. A bomb from a Nakajima B5N Kate high-altitude bomber penetrated the ship’s armor plated deck and exploded in the forward magazine. Within seconds a cataclysmic blast ripped through the Arizona, devastating the mighty ship which would burn for two days, taking with her the lives of nearly twelve hundred men.

In tribute to all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day Robert Taylor has created his poignant new landmark painting. The Arizona has since become the focal point for the memorial at Pearl Harbor and this moving piece portrays this proud ship as those who survived would surely like to remember her - in all her glory prior to the attack.

THE COMPANION PRINT
THE WAY WE WERE - Pearl Harbor, Sunday 7th December 1941

Reproduced directly from Roberts working drawing, this outstanding companion print is issued with every edition of The Calm Before The Storm, creating a fitting commemorative collectors edition for the 70th Anniversary of this historic event.

The Military Gallery is proud and honored to announce that no less than FIVE crew that were actually aboard the Arizona that fateful day have come together and to sign this special two print edition to commemorate their fallen comrades. Seventy years after the tragic sinking of the Arizona, this is probably the last time that so many of her survivors will be able to join together for such an historic event.

Joining artist Robert Taylor, each copy of The Calm Before the Storm is personally signed by the following Arizona crewmen:

Quartermaster 3c LOUIS CONTER USN
Seaman 1c LONNIE COOK USN
Seaman 1c CLEARDON HETRICK USN
Lieutenant Commander JOSEPH LANGDELL USNR
Chief Warrant Officer EDWARD WENTZLAFF USN (companion print)

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 350

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 25

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 Overall Print Size: Approx 33 ½” wide x 22 1/4”

Canberras Over Cambridge

Undeterred by 'Friday 13th', Wing Commander Beamont took off that day in May 1949, in the Canberra prototype. So accomplished was this new jet bomber that by the end of the 1950's, no fewer than 41 R.A.F. Squadrons were equipped with the Canberra, and the training of crews in another 16 countries had begun. Robert Taylor's painting, shows the aircraft during a formation training sortie; rushing over the fenlands of Cambridgeshire, England, preparing to land at its R.A.F. Wyton base.

Each print is individually signed by the artist and wartime fighter leader Wing commander Roalnd Beamont.

Wing Commander ROLAND BEAMONT

Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 100

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Overall print size: 33" x 24"

Caught On The Surface - The Giclee Studio Proof

The Battle of the Atlantic was fought by the Royal Navy and RAF Coastal Command against the U-boats. It was a long, deadly struggle in which Hitler’s prized U-boat fleet attempted to starve Britain of food, fuel and the materials of war by destroying the convoys that kept it supplied. The effective use of depth charges by Allied aircraft demanded an attack from extremely low level, but as each submarine was armed with 10 cannons, the dangers to the aircrews was immense.

The hunter becomes the hunted in a remarkable true encounter between Sunderland ‘U’of 461 Sqn and U-Boat U-461 during the Battle of the Atlantic.

On 30 July 1943 Short Sunderland flying boat ‘U’ of 461 Sqn RAAF attacked and sank one of three German submarines caught on the surface in the Bay of Biscay. In an ironic twist of fate the submarine was also U-461.

Robert Taylor’s dramatic and powerful painting depicts Sunderland ‘U’ at extremely low-level, enduring a barrage of gunfire after delivering a successful attack to sink U-461. In an instinctive act of compassion the Sunderland pilot circled the scene to drop a dingy to the U-boat survivors.

This classic image is one of Robert Taylor's most powerful paintings and the signed lithograph edition is highly sought after on the secondary market so we are delighted that this breathtaking painting can now be faithfully replicated on canvas as a ‘Museum Quality’ piece to be treasured for a lifetime.

Reproduced in a dramatic and imposing size this masterpiece could grace the walls of any home, study or office to create a truly commanding centerpiece!

Produced and printed onto fine canvas under the direct supervision of the artist each of these carefully crafted Giclée Studio Proofs is mounted onto high quality stretchers and fully authorised and signed by the artist Robert Taylor.

STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 75

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 Canvas size: 36” wide x 24” high

Chance Encounter

A Dornier 24 flying boat of the Royal Netherlands Navy sights the Japanese invasion fleet off Kuching, British Borneo, 23 December, 1941. By chance it also sighted patrolling Dutch submarine K-X1V on the surface, unaware of the enemy position. Receiving the pilot’s signal “enemy to the north east”, the submarine quickly engaged, sinking two ships and damaging two in one of the first Allied successes against the Japanese in World War II.

An exclusive from the Military Gallery - a limited edition signed by Dutch veterans of World War II. Each print is signed by 2 survivors of the flying boat’s aircrew plus 3 crew members from submarine K-X1V.

Oud Adjudand Onderofficier Vlieger PAUL KOMMER
Luitenant ter Zee VK 20C b.d. GERARDUS ‘GERARD’ van SCHOOTEN
Kapitein-Leitenant ter Zee KMR b.d. JULIUS ‘RED’ van NIEUWENHUIZEN
Luitenant ter Zee SD 20C b.d. HENDRIK ‘HENK’ van den ENDE
Luitenant ter Zee VK 20C b.d. EELKE ‘BOB’ SCHOLTE

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 450

Artist Proof
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 45

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 Overall print size: 27" x 19"

Close Call

A Spitfire of 610 Squadron narrowly misses colliding with an Me109 while in close combat, low over the South of England, during the late summer of 1940. Exclusively limited to just 350 copies worldwide, this superb print has been faithfully reproduced from an original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor

Each print has been personally signed by two Spitfire pilots who flew in combat during the Battle of Britain:

Flight Lieutenant RICHARD JONES AE - 64 & 19 Sqns

Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE - 616 & 92 Sqns

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 350

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Overall Print Size: 18” wide x 13 ½” high

Closing The Gap

As Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column explode with shattering detonations, the savagery of the attack demoralising the enemy into stunned oblivion. The Typhoons will hurtle back to base to re-arm and hastily re-fuel, ready for yet another withering strike on the encircled Wehrmacht columns. This stunning new rendition from the the worlds premier aviation artist pays tribute to the brave young RAF fighter pilots of the twenty squadrons of rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons who flew those perilous ground attacks during the Battle of Normandy. With each print in this new limited edition signed by pilots who flew in the thick of the action of the air war on the Western Front, knowledgeable collectors are given a rare opportunity to complete an important section in their valuable print portfolios.

Overall print size: 35” wide x 251/4” high Image size: 283/8” wide x 17” high

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in this edition has been signed by three hugely respected RAF Typhoon pilots who flew and fought in the skies over Normandy. Each print is also signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and hand-numbered.

THE TYPHOON EDITION
In addition to the pilots signing the limited edition, each print in this remarkable TEN signature Typhoon Edition is also signed by the following distinguished Typhoon fighter pilots.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Squadron Leader PERCIVAL BEAKE DFC
Warrant Officer JACK HODGES DFC
Warrant Officer JOHN ‘ABE’ LINCOLN

THE TYPHOON EDITION
Flight Lieutenant Sir JOHN ATKINSON KCB DFC
Flying Officer KENNETH ‘JUNIOR’ KNEEN
Air Commodore C. D. ‘KIT’ NORTH-LEWIS DSO DFC
Warrant Officer DOUG ORAM
Squadron Leader BASIL ‘STAPME’ STAPLETON DFC
Flying Officer FRANK WHEELER DFC
Pilot Officer ‘RUSTY’ TOWNSEND

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 350

THE TYPHOON EDITION
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 300

THE TYPHOON EDITION ARTIST PROOF
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

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Combat Over The Reich - Giclee Studio Proof

Had the Me262 been developed solely as an interceptor it would have blunted the ever increasing, deep-penetration American daylight bomber raids into Germany. It might even have slowed the advance long enough to alter the course of the war. But Hitler under Goring’s advice, refused to bend in his belief that the new wonder jet should be used as a bomber. By the time he relented in November 1944, it was too late.

Using the remarkable skills that have made him the most collected aviation artist in history, Robert Taylor graphically brings to life the potency of the Luftwaffe’s radical new jet in his famous painting, Combat Over The Reich.

Set against a breathtakingly beautiful aerial panorama, he vividly depicts a heart-stopping drama that took place on 19 March 1945. It was the day when a force of 28 Me262 jet fighters from JG7 intercepted a formation of B-17s of the 452nd Bomb Group en route to bomb the oil refinery at Zwickau, 60 miles south of Dresden. Closing at a speed almost three times as fast as their targets, each jet pilot has but a fraction of a second to find his mark and the B-17 gunners have milliseconds to respond. Within the blink of an eye the interception is over. The main B-17 has lost part of its tailplane but with luck and a skilful pilot, the battered bomber will make it home. The encounter occurred during a five-day period when the small band of Me262 fighter pilots were credited with over 50 Allied aircraft destroyed. But the damage inflicted by the Me262s was too late – within weeks Germany had surrendered.

Thanks to the advances in high-definition Giclée technology this superb original oil painting, one of Robert’s most iconic images, can now take its place as the latest GICLÉE STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS.

For the first time, this release will also be issued as a very exclusive Exhibition Proof. The stunning extra-large size makes an imposing centrepiece perfect for the large room, workplace or hangar.

Studio Proof stretched size: 38” x 21”
Exhibition Proof image size: 60” x 34”

STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £525.00
Edition Size - 50

EXHIBITION PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued unstretched)
UK £945.00
Edition Size - 10

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Dambusters - Breaching The Eder

Pilots Shannon and Maudsley tried time and again to position their laden bombers correctly before managing to release their weapons – but the dam still held. Now success depended solely on Knight carrying the last bomb! With time and fuel now a concern, Knight’s first effort to position, like Shannon and Maudsley before him, failed, but his second run favoured the brave. Knight released his bomb with absolute precision, striking the wall at precisely the crucial point. With a tremendous explosion the Eder Dam collapsed before their eyes. Robert Taylor’s sensational new painting vividly shows the dramatic moment of impact. In the cockpit Knight and flight engineer Ray Grayston fight the controls to clear the dam, combining their physical strength to haul the lumbering Lancaster up and over the dam and to clear the high ground that lies ahead. Below and behind them, the second of Germany’s mighty western dams lies finally breached.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Each individual print in this edition is personally signed by two veterans of the epic Dambusters Raid.

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
The SIX signature Collectors Edition has been published specially for aviation art collectors and Dambuster enthusiasts with each print bearing the additional four signatures.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Sergeant RAYMOND E. GRAYSTON RAF
Squadron Leader GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM RAF

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
Sergeant FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND RCAF
Flight Sergeant GRANT S. McDONALD RCAF
Corporal KENNETH LUCAS RAF

The Limited Edition
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 400

The Collectors Edition
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 35

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