Robert Taylor

 

(Companion print - 'The Day Now Dawns')

Into The Teeth Of The Wind

Bound for Tokyo, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle launches his B-25 Mitchell from the heaving deck of the carrier USS Hornet on the morning of 18 April, 1942. Leading a sixteen-bomber force on their long distance one - way mission, the Doolittle Raiders completed the first strike at the heart of Imperial Japan since the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour four months earlier. Together, they completed one of the most audacious air raids in aviation history.

This is certainly one of the most dramatic paintings that Robert has produced and Joining him in individually signing each print in these editions are a number of the Doolittle Raiders. Every print is individually hand-numbered.

THE LIMITED EDITION
FIVE veterans who took part in the Doolittle raid.

THE COMMEMORATIVE PROOFS
Issued with a matching numbered, signed companion pencil print, a total of THIRTEEN signature Edition.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Major General DAVID M. JONES
Staff Sergeant DAVID J. THATCHER
Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD E. COLE
Staff Sergeant EDWIN W. HORTON
Major THOMAS C. GRIFFIN

THE COMMEMORATIVE PROOFS
All of the above plus:

Lieutenant Colonel FRANK A. KAPPELAR
Lieutenant Colonel CHASE J. NIELSON
Colonel WILLIAM M. BOWER
Lieutenant Colonel EDWARD J. SAYLOR
Second Lieutenant CHARLES J. OZUK
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT L.HITE
Second Lieutenant WILLIAM L. BIRCH
Mr TUNG - SHENG LIU

The Limited Edition
UK £215.00
Edition Size - 550

5 Signature Artist Proof
UK £350.00
Edition Size - 25

THE COMMEMORATIVE PROOFS
UK £475.00
Edition Size - 30

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(Companion Print - 'Black November Day')

Jet Hunters

On 10 April 1945 thirteen hundred bombers of the Mighty Eighth set out to destroy the last of the Luftwaffe’s jet force. But, unknown to the bomber crews and their fighter escort, the enemy jets were already airborne and waiting to spring their deadly trap. As the war in mainland Europe entered its final, bloody phase, the German Armies defending Berlin fought on with a savage determination, slowly disintegrating before the mighty weapon of war unleashed against them. What remained of the Luftwaffe was mercilessly pounded from the air, their airfields hammered relentlessly. Aircraft, fuel, spare parts, ammunition and pilots all in short supply but still they fought on, with deadly effect. At the forefront of the German offensive and pivotal during the defence of the Reich, were the highly advanced jet fighters of the Luftwaffe, and in particular the legendary Me262.

Throughout the final stages of the war there were many examples of the determination and skill of Allied pilots flying slower piston-engined fighters triumphing over the cream of the Luftwaffe in their highly advanced but often temperamental jet fighters.

This classic edition has been authenticated with the original signature of Wayne Gatlin himself, alongside some of the Luftwaffe’s most famous exponents of the jet. In addition the prints are personally signed by a staggering number of WWII’s most experienced allied fighter pilots, all of whom had victories against the jets of the Luftwaffe – they were the Jet Hunters!

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in has been signed by three, highly-distinguished veterans who belong to that small, talented band of Allied fighter pilots to have scored a victory over a jet.

Major General WAYNE C. GATLIN
On 10 April 1945 he destroyed the Me262 jet portrayed in the main painting immediately damaging another.

Squadron Leader JUREK MENCEL
Downed an Me262 whilst flying a Mustang III on 9 April 1945

Colonel JOE PETERBURS
Shot down the Me262 of Walter Schuck, on the 10th April, 1945.

THE PILOTS’ EDITION
This outstanding TWELVE signature edition is issued with the magnificent pencil companion print Black November Day and the main print is additionally signed by a further four pilots who scored victories over German jets:

Lieutenant Colonel DON CUMMINGS
One of only two fighter pilots to shoot down two Me262’s during WWII on 25 Feb 1945 – 6½ victories in total.

Colonel ART JEFFREY
The first Pilot ever to score a victory over a jet when he downed an Me163 on 29 July 1944 – 14 victories in total.

Captain WAYNE L. COLEMAN
Destroyed an Me262 on 31 March 1945 – 4 victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel HUIE LAMB
Shot down an Me262 on 15 October 1944 and then an Arado 234 Blitz-Bomber on 19th March 1945 – 2 victories in total.

The companion drawing is signed by five of the Luftwaffe’s iconic Me262 pilots:

Major ERICH RUDORFFER
JG7 with 12 victories in the jet – 222 victories in total

Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
JG7 with 8 victories in the jet – 206 victories in total

Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
EJG2 & JV44 – 60 victories in total

Feldwebel ERNST GIEFING
JG 7 with 2 victories in the jet – 6 victories in total.

Leutnant NORBERT HANNIG
JG7 – 42 victories in total

THE ARTIST PROOFS
With all the components of the Pilots Edition the main print in the strictly limited Artists Proofs are additionally signed by two USAAF Fighter Pilots who scored victories over German jets, creating an outstanding FOURTEEN signature edition:

Major General EDWARD GILLER
Destroyed an Me262 on 9 April 1945 – 3 victories in total

Captain CLAYTON ‘KELLY’ GROSS
Shot down an Me262 on 14 April 1945 – 6 victories in total.

THE JET HUNTERS’ EDITION
Issued with all the components of the Artist Proofs, this TWENTY signature edition has been additionally signed by an Me262 night-fighter pilot and seven P-51 pilots, all with victories over Luftwaffe jets:

Major URBAN DREW
The fourth pilot ever to shoot down an Me262 and one of only two pilots to destroy two, on 7 October 1944 – 6 victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel DON BRYAN
Destroyed an Arado 234 jet on 14 March 1945 – 13½ victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel RALPH DELGADO
Shot down an Me262 on 2 March 1945

First Lieutenant STEPHEN ANANIAN
Downed an Me262 on 9 Feb 1945 – 4 victories in total.

Captain JOHN FITCH
Downed an Me262 on the 18th November 1944.

The companion drawing Black November Day is additionally signed by:

Leutnant JORG CZYPIONKA
Me262 Night-Fighter with NJG 11 – a total of 2 victories in the jet.

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £215.00
Edition Size - 400

THE PILOTS EDITION
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 200

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

THE JET HUNTERS EDITION
UK £465.00
Edition Size - 150

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Overall Print Size: 34 3/4” wide x 24 3/4” high

JG-52 - Studio Proof

A Schwarm of Bf109s from JG-52 are about to peel away and, with the battle-cry ‘Horrido!’ ringing in their ears, dive to attack the flight of enemy aircraft spotted below. JG-52: the name alone brought terror into the hearts of the Red Air Force pilots. By the end of the war the Luftwaffe’s most successful Geschwader had claimed over 10,000 victories, and from within its ranks emerged the top three scoring Aces in the history of air combat; Gerhard Barkhorn, Gunther Rall and, of course, the highest scorer of them all – Erich Hartmann.

One of the few Luftwaffe units to fly the Bf109 exclusively throughout the war, JG-52 spawned some of the most talented fighter pilots to take to the sky, honing their skills as they were joined by older, more experienced Aces, legendary names such as Batz, Graf, Steinhoff, Hrabak, Krupinski and Obleser.

Robert Taylor’s legendary painting, JG-52, is widely recognized as one of the most iconic depictions of the Luftwaffe’s most famous fighter wing and the original print edition, published in 1986, was personally signed by many of those famous Aces and rightly commands high prices on the secondary market.

Those prints and original signatures can of course never be replaced; however this famous image is now available as a Masterwork on canvas

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

JG52 The Graphite Edition

It was the foundation upon which the Luftwaffe was built and flew throughout WWII. It was flown by some of the greatest fighter Aces of all time, and credited with more air victories than any other fighter in history. It was the Messerschmitt Bf109. One of the finest fighter aircraft ever to take to the skies, the Bf109 was flown by the Luftwaffe’s greatest Aces - men like Hartmann, Galland, Rall, Reinert and Krupinski

The drawing has been skillfully executed by Robert, the world's foremost aviation artist, and is an outstanding opportunity for all collectors of aviation art and historical signatures.

THE LIMITED EDITION
every print in this edition has been personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor, together with one of the most legendary fighter Aces of all time:

Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
JG-52 / KC, Oak Leaves and Swords - The third highest scoring Ace of all time with 275 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
US $95.00 UK £65.00
Edition Size - 275

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 Overall print size: 13” wide x 9½” high

 

 

Knight Of The Reich

On the morning of 15 October 1943, as Bf109G's from III./JG52 dive into attack a group of Russian fighters high over Zaporozhye in south-east Ukraine, their Kommandeur Hauptmann Günther Rall pounces on a Soviet La-5 to claim his 222nd victory.

During this astonishing one month period he shot down 40 aircraft and at the end of November 1943 acheived 250 victories - at the time only the second Ace to do so after Walter Nowotny. By the time he was posted back to the West, Rall was well on the way to his final score of 275 victories, making him the third highest- scoring Ace in history. Had he not been wounded in action numerous times and forced to spend months in hospital, he might well have been the highest-scoring Ace of them all.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in each of the editions is individually hand-numbered and personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor and one of the greatest fighter Aces in history:

Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords / 275 victories

THE EASTERN FRONT EDITIONS
In addition to Günther Rall, each print in the FIVE signature Eastern Front Editions is personally signed by four highly distinguished Aces who flew on the Eastern Front:

Leutnant HUGO BROCH
Knight’s Cross / 81 victories

Major ERICH RUDORFFER
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords / 222 victories

Hauptmann KARL-FRITZ SCHLOSSSTEIN
German Cross in Gold / 8 victories

Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves / 206 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £215.00
Edition Size - 275

EASTERN FRONT EDITION ARTIST PROOFS
UK £425.00
Edition Size - 25

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 Overall Print Size: 24" x 32¼"

Lancaster Under Attack - The Giclee Studio Proof

December 1944 and the Reich is steadily crumbling. In the skies over Germany the raids by Allied heavy bombers continue unabated; the Americans by day, the RAF by night. But even as the Germans retreat, the intensity of the fight never diminishes.

Lancaster Under Attack - one of Robert Taylor’s most famous and collectible paintings - depicts a scene typical of the perils endured by the bomber crews. An RAF Lancaster of 626 Squadron takes evasive action as a Messerschmitt Bf110 G-4 night-fighter makes a potentially deadly pass beneath the bomber, during a raid over Osterfeld in the heart of Germany.

In this powerful and classic image both crews are locked in a desperate close- quarter battle as they bid to outmanoeuvre each other. The Lancaster, hampered by damage to its port wing and aileron, dodges its way through the darkness, taking care not to collide with other bombers, while the Bf110 pilot dives away to avoid the stream of tracer from the Lancaster’s front turret. The contest could go either way.

Although long sold out as a signed limited edition print, we are delighted to announce that this epic release is now available as a Giclée Studio Proof.

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: 38” wide x 24” high

Late Arrival

This superb pencil print from the worlds most collected Aviation Artist depicts a lone Hurricane of 87 Squadron making its way back to base at Exeter, after a gruelling day of combat in the late August of 1940.

Limited to just 300 copies worldwide, each print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist and SIX Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots:

Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Squadron Leader JOCELYN MILLARD
Wing Commander VIVIAN SNELL
Warrant Officer DAVID DENCHFIELD
Wing Commander GEORGE SWANWICK
Flight Lieutenant NIGEL KEMP

Signed and Numbered Print
US $150.00 UK £110.00
Edition Size - 300

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 Overall Print Size: 18 2/8” wide x 15 3/8” high

(Matted original pencil drawing)

 

 

Looking For Trouble

A TRIBUTE TO THE MEN WHO FLEW THE LEGENDARY P-51 MUSTANG

The Mustang was a triumph, testament to its designer Edgar Schmued. It was fast, manoeuvrable, hard-hitting and, by the time it was combined with Rolls-Royces’ legendary Merlin engine, was capable of outperforming anything the enemy could throw at it. When P-51s first appeared in the skies over Berlin, Hermann Goering was reported to have announced that he knew then the war was lost.

A special new breed of men flew the Mustang as the Allies pushed for victory in Europe. Tough, supremely confident, determined, and gloriously brave; it was an era that belonged to them and the P-51 helped produce some of the greatest Aces of WWII. Such iconic pilots as George Preddy, John Meyer, Don Blakeslee, Kit Carson and Bud Anderson scored all or most of their victories in this thoroughbred fighter.

To honor the heroic pilots who flew and fought in this iconic machine, Robert Taylor has chosen this classic portrait, completed with all of his usual mastery of his craft, in tribute to all USAAF units that flew the Mustang.

Set against a dramatic bank of clouds, Looking for Trouble bears all the hallmarks of a timeless Taylor masterpiece. P-51Ds of the 352nd Fighter Group with full long-range tanks slung under their wings, head out from their forward base in Belgium on an extended sweep east of the Rhine crossing on the lookout for enemy aircraft, in the spring of 1945.

This historic edition carries the original signatures of iconic USAAF pilots who flew this magnificent aircraft in Europe during WWII. The pilots included represent nine different Fighter Groups, covering almost all of the European Theatre of operations, giving great meaning to this release and providing enthusiast with historic collector’s item.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print in every edition is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist, together with two prominent pilots who flew the P-51 in Europe during WWII:

Captain JAMES L. BROOKS
31st Fighter Group / 13 victories

Lieutenant Colonel WALTER M. DRAKE
479th Fighter Group / 1 victory

THE COLLECTOR’S & REMARQUE EDITIONS
WITH EIGHT SIGNATURES
Each print in these editions has been additionally signed by a further six P-51 pilots, all of them veterans of the war in Europe:

Major General WAYNE C. GATLIN
356th Fighter Group / 1 victory

Colonel JOSEPH H. JOINER
4th Fighter Group / 3 ½ victories

Lieutenant JOSEPH W. CANNON
357th Fighter Group

Lieutenant Colonel JAMES E. CARL
354th Fighter Group

Brigadier-General FRANK L. GAILER
357th Fighter Group / 5 ½ victories

Lieutenant Colonel HUIE H. LAMB
78th Fighter Group / 2 ½ victories

THE TRIBUTE EDITION
WITH FOURTEEN SIGNATURES
With all the signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each print is issued with a unique pencil drawing exclusively created by Robert Taylor. Individually signed by four renowned P-51 pilots, each drawing is conservation matted to include the original signatures
of two more Mustang Aces.

Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON
357th Fighter Group / 16 ¼ victories

Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST
10th PRG / 14 ½ victories

Colonel CHARLES E. McGEE
332nd Fighter Group / 1 victory

Brigadier-General ROBIN OLDS
479th Fighter Group / 17 victories

The matted signatures:

Colonel JAMES GOODSON
4th & 31st Fighter Groups / 15 victories

Major RICHARD ‘BUD’ PETERSON
357th Fighter Group / 15 ½ victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £215.00
Edition Size - 150

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 175

THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
UK £825.00
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £1425.00
Edition Size - 10

THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability)
UK £2495.00
Edition Size - 5

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Overall print size: 29¼”wide x 23¼” high
Image size: 22¾” wide x 15¾“high

Maple Leaf Scramble

The latest Giclée technology has once again brought Robert Taylor’s sophisticated artistry to life to faithfully replicate his classic painting of the Hurricanes of 1 Squadron (RCAF). Becoming operational at Northolt in August 1940 they served with great distinction throughout the Battle of Britain.

Originally published as a companion with Height of the Battle RCAF limited edition print, this superb piece is now released as an individual Giclée Studio Proof.

Available individually, as matching-numbered pairs, or as a full set, with HEIGHT OF THE BATTLE and HURRICANE ATTACK whilst stocks allow.

Printed onto fine canvas, each carefully crafted Studio Proof is signed by Robert Taylor, stamped on the back, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each canvas is released pre-stretched from the Military Gallery studio ready to simply drop into a frame of your choice.

STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS (Issued pre-stretched)
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

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 Stretched Canvas Size: 24” wide x 16” high

Merlin Magic

Previously un-released work from the Military Gallery Archive Collection

This previously un-released masterwork has been selected from the Military Gallery archives to serve as a lasting tribute to this iconic aircraft and all who flew her. With Merlin engines purring in perfect harmony and the warm glow of the morning sun behind them, a pair of Mk.V Spitfires race home as storm clouds gather below. Completed in 1986, this was a period of Robert’s career that included some of his most famous pieces featuring the supreme Spitfire – long sold out masterpieces such as Coming Home Together (1985), Return of the Few (1986) and Bader’s Bus Company (1989).

Adding great provenance to this historic and atmospheric release, the edition has been personally signed by a WWII Spitfire pilot who finished the war an Ace having scored 6 victories over enemy aircraft in this mighty machine.

The Limited Edition & Artist Proofs
Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing every print is a highly decorated WWII Spitfire Ace:
Squadron Leader ALLAN SCOTT DFM

The Matted Collector’s Edition
Every print in this four signature edition has been conservation mounted to include the original autographs of three famous WWII Spitfire pilots:
Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* DL
Colonel JAMES GOODSON DFC
Chief Test Pilot Sir ALEX HENSHAW MBE

The Matted Publisher’s Proof
With all autographs of the Collector’s Edition, each print in this ELEVEN signature edition is conservation mounted to include the original autographs of a further seven highly-regarded Spitfire pilots:
Squadron Leader F.A.O. ‘TONY’ GAZE DFC**
Squadron Leader CYRIL ‘BAM’ BAMBERGER DFC*
Flight Lieutenant PETER GRAHAM
Squadron Leader NIGEL ROSE
Flight Lieutenant HUGH PARRY
Wing Commander GEORGE SWANWICK
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £155.00
Edition Size - 200

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £225.00
Edition Size - 25

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 50

THE PUBLISHERS PROOFS
UK £450.00
Edition Size - 35

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Image size: 13 wide x 16 ½ high
Overall print size: 18 ¾ wide x 23 ½ high
Approx. matted size Collector's Edition: 19 ½ wide x 26 ¾ high
Approx. matted size Publisher's Proof: 19 ½ wide x 29 ¾ high

Midwinter Dawn

A TRIBUTE TO J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON, THE HIGHEST SCORING RAF ACE OF WORLD WAR II

The engineers at Rolls-Royce had worked their magic. They had somehow managed to squeeze every available ounce of power out of the current Merlin engine and by D-Day on 6 June 1944 the sleek Mk.IX Spitfires of Fighter Command reigned supreme in the skies over Normandy.

The magnificent Mk.IXs were, by far, the most numerous variant of Spitfires that fought from D-Day to the threshold of the Reich. In the great drive from Normandy across northern France, Belgium and into Holland the Spitfire pilots of Fighter Command threw down the gauntlet to any Luftwaffe pilots brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to tangle with them.

Perhaps the greatest pilot to ever fly the Spitfire was the RAF’s top fighter Ace ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. His resolute determination and steadfast leadership came into its own during D-Day and the subsequent advance through Normandy, and he would finish the war as the highest scoring Allied Ace in Europe.

The scene captures the moment when, as Wing Leader of 127 Canadian Wing, Johnnie is seen leading Mk.IX Spitfires from 421 ‘Red Indian’ Squadron RCAF out on patrol from their airfield at Evère near Brussels on a cold December morning in 1944. It is close to the fighting and the German front line so, as the Canadians climb steadily out over the snow clad landscape in the golden light of dawn, they are already alert and on the lookout for the first signs of trouble.

THE CANADIAN EDITION

Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM
Flew offensive sweeps on D-Day / 4 confirmed victories.
Flight Sergeant RON FARNBOROUGH
Flew fighter patrols on D-Day and throughout the Allied invasion.
Flight Lieutenant RODNEY SCRASE DFC RAFVR
Flew anti V1 patrols and low level strafing attacks over Normandy / 4 victories and 3 damaged.
Flight Lieutenant JIMMY TAYLOR
Undertook photo-reconnaissance missions before during and after D-Day, was shot down over Germany.
Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* DL
Legendary Wing Leader and the RAF’s top fighter Ace with 38 confirmed air victories
Wing Commander J.F. ‘STOCKY’ EDWARDS DFC* DFM / 16½ victories.
Wing Commander JAMES D. LINDSAY DFC / 9 victories.
Lieutenant General DON LAUBMAN DFC* / 15 victories.

THE CANADIAN EDITION
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 200

THE CANADIAN EDITION ARTIST PROOFS
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

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Overall Print Size: 33 ⅛” wide x 25 ⅛” high

Milne Bay - The Tipping Point

The Battle for Milne Bay in New Guinea was a story of true grit, determination, and valour; it was the moment when the Imperial Japanese Army tasted defeat on land for the first time in nearly three centuries. In the space of two weeks, the Japanese attempt to capture Milne Bay was halted, and any ambitions they might have held to invade Australia, thwarted. And that victory was due in no small part to the Kittyhawks of 75 and 76 Squadrons RAAF. Robert Taylor’s powerful new painting depicts Kittyhawks from 75 and & 76 Squadrons RAAF, returning to No 1 Strip after attacking Japanese positions during the Battle for Milne Bay. Under the starboard wing of the lead aircraft, ‘Polly’, the smoke of action is clearly visible as the Japanese press from their landing site, along the coast towards the airstrip. ‘Polly’, now beautifully restored, resides in the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra, a tribute to the men and machines who stopped the Japanese in New Guinea.

Prints are signed by RAAF veterans who flew and fought in Kitty-hawks with 75 and 76 squadrons at the Battle for Milne Bay.

THE LIMITED EDITION (print numbers 151 – 550)
The complete edition is individually signed by the following two P-40 veterans who flew and fought at Milne Bay, to represent 75 & 76 Squadrons RAAF. Each copy is also signed by the artist and hand-numbered:

Flight Lieutenant H. A. ‘HARRY’ KERR MID
Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR D. TUCKER

THE ARTIST PROOFS
The THREE signature Artist Proofs are additionally signed by:

Squadron Leader PETER BOOTH-JONES DFC

THE COLLECTORS EDITION (print numbers 1 - 150)
This EIGHT signature Edition is also signed by:

Flight Lieutenant RAIFE J. COWAN
Group Captain ROSS H. GLASSOP DFC* MID
Flight Lieutenant A. J. ‘NAT’ GOULD
Flight Lieutenant NOEL C. TODD
Squadron Leader BRUCE D. WATSON DFC

The Limited Edition
UK £165.00
Edition Size - 400

The Collectors Edition
UK £225.00
Edition Size - 150

The Artist Proofs
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 50

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 Overall Print Size: 251⁄8" wide x 191⁄4" high

Mission Beyond Darkness

One of the most remarkable missions during the naval air war in the Pacific.

Following the attack against Admiral Ozawa’s Japanese carrier fleet on June 20, 1944, Admiral Mitscher defies all rules of naval engagement: In total darkness, with the ever-present danger of enemy submarines, he orders every ship in his Task Force 58 to switch on lights to guide over 100 returning carrier-borne aircraft, all desperately low on fuel. Amid the confusion, unable to get a landing slot aboard the USS Lexington, and now out of fuel, a pilot and his gunner scramble from their ditched SB2B Curtiss Helldiver, as a Fletcher class destroyer manoeuvres to make the pick up.

Four aircrew personally involved in the ‘Mission Beyond Darkness’ have joined Robert Taylor in signing this historically important edition.

Commander ALEX VRACUI USN
Captain DONALD GORDON USN
Lieutenant RALPH YAUSSI USNR
Air Gunner JAMES CURRY

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 750

Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 75

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 Overall print size: 34" x 23"

Moment Of Destiny

Commemorating the historic ‘Doolittle’ raid on Tokyo, April 18, 1942

Robert Taylor captures the final moments before Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's take-off from the carrier Hornet, just before 8.20am on April 18, 1942. The tension aboard the carrier reaches a crescendo as Doolittle brings the engines to full power, his B-25 straining against the brakes. Within seconds he will hurtle off the deck, followed by 15 intrepid Doolittle Raider crews; their destination, Tokyo.

All prints are signed by the artist Robert Taylor and numbered.

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £65.00
Edition Size - 600

Artist Proof
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 60

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 Overall print size: 18" x 14"

Most Memorable Day

Adolf Galland and his wingman Bruno Hegenauer break through the fighter escort of No. 303 Squadron's Spitfires to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron over northern France, 21 June 1941. In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims and one Spitfire, survived a forced crash-landing, and later a parachute escape from his blazing Me109. That evening he learned he was to become the first recipient of the Knights Cross with oak leaves and swords - Germany's highest award for heroism.

General ADOLF GALLAND
Oberst JOHANNES NAUMANN
Major GERHARD SCHOPFEL
Hauptmann OTTO STAMBERGER

Artist Proof
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 100

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 Overall print size:33" x 25

Most Memorable Day - The Final Drawing

Robert Taylor relives General Adolf Galland's personal account of the combat at noon on 21 June 1941 over northern France.

With his wingman Bruno Hegenauer, Galland powers his Me109 through the fighter escort to attack Blenheim bombers of 21 Sqn, raking the lead aircraft with cannon fire. In the background, a fierce dogfight is developing between the Me109s of JG26 and Spitfires of 303 Sqn. Losses and victories will be high on both sides.

In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims and one Spitfire, survived a forced crash-landing, and later a parachute escape from his blazing Me109. That evening he learned he was to become the first recipient of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords - Germany's highest award for heroism.

It was Adolf Galland's Most Memorable Day.

Each print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor.

Artist Signed Print
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 1000

Artist Proof
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 100

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 Overall Print Size: 24" wide x 18" high

Mustangs On The Prowl

With the end of the war in sight P-51 Mustangs of the 55th Fighter Group sweep unopposed through the beautiful Rhine valley: One of Robert Taylor’s most iconic images Mustangs on the Prowl depicts the master Ace of the ground attack, Colonel Elwyn Righetti of the 55th Fighter Group. Flying his P-51D Mustang, the CO of 338 Squadron and ‘King of Strafers’, already with over 20 victories to his credit, leads his pilots through the Rhine Gorge, skimming the ancient Castle of Stableck, as they seek out enemy targets on their way back to England.

The signed lithograph edition is long sold out and a highly sought after classic on the secondary market, so we are delighted that this outstanding painting can now be faithfully replicated on canvas, thanks to the enormous advances in high-definition Giclée technology.

Produced and printed onto fine canvas under the direct supervision of the artist to match his original painting, each of these carefully crafted Giclée Studio Proofs is fully authorised and 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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 Overall size: 40” wide x 22” high

 

 

Night Attack On The Newcastle

Hit and run attacks by fast moving German E-Boats were a constant threat to vital Allied shipping in the Mediterranean during the second World War. Often made under cover of darkness, these fast, highly manoeuvrable craft would speed through a convoy, release their torpedoes, and disappear into the night. During the night of 15 June 1942 German E-Boats of the 3rd Flotilla left their Eastern Mediterranean base at Derna to intercept an Allied convoy bound for the island of Malta. Shortly after midnight, under the command of Leutnant Seigfried Wuppermann, the motor torpedo boat S-56 slipped past two Royal Navy escort destroyers to make a stern attack on the British cruiser HMS Newcastle. Alerted to the incoming attack, suddenly a searchlight at Newcastle’s foremast switched on, illuminating S-56 from stem to stern. Reacting quickly, Wuppermann fired two torpedoes in quick succession from 600 yards, and turned hard to starboard to make good his escape. A second searchlight aboard Newcastle pin-pointed S-56, but by then it was too late. Travelling at 33 knots, under fire from the escorts, S-56 threw out a smoke screen and released depth charges as a distraction, and disappeared into the darkness. Robert Taylor’s action packed painting shows S-56 some thirty seconds after release of her torpedoes, as the first explodes against the hull of HMS Newcastle. The second will strike a few seconds later. The cruiser, though badly damaged, limped back to Alexandria.

Joining the artist Robert Taylor in signing this edition are FIVE veterans who served with HMS Newcastle

Admiral of the Fleet Sir HENRY LEACH
Lieutenant JOHN BABER
Able Seaman WILFRED MARRIOTT
Signalman ARTHUR DEAKIN
Chief Petty Officer RUPERT STANT

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £125.00
Edition Size - 500

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 Overall Print Size 26" x 19"

(Matted Original Pencil Drawing)

Okinawa

Flying from USS Bunker Hill, F4U Corsairs from VMF-221 assault Japanese positions defending the island of Okinawa, April 1945. Leading the charge, USMC Pilot Lt Dean Caswell climbs away from the target after delivering a blistering rocket attack on a coastal installation.

Following their victory at Midway, American forces had fought a long and bitter campaign to retake the Japanese held islands in the Pacific. By the end of March 1945, however, they had finally captured Iwo Jima and looked towards Okinawa, a province of Japan itself. Less than 400 miles south of its mainland, it was the place from which the Allied invasion of Japan must be launched. Supported by a huge Naval presence, including one of the largest British fleets ever assembled, the assault began on 1 April 1945 with the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific war.

The Japanese response was ferocious seeing the peak of the kamikaze scourge and while the British ships with their steel decks fared much better, the relentless attacks took their toll on the US Fleet, highlighting a conflict worse than anything seen before. The 82 day battle was one of the most severe and bloody campaigns of WWII, accounting for over 14000 Allied deaths and five times that number of Japanese soldiers.

In one of the most powerful paintings of Robert Taylor's distinguished career, the prints in this outstanding edition are personally signed by legendary Pilots and Aces who flew Corsairs during the assault of Okinawa, creating a unique collectors piece. Parts of the edition are also autographed by US Army and Navy veterans who fought at Okinawa giving enthusiasts the rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable historic account of one of the greatest battles of WWII, and an important piece to be cherished for generations to come.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two distinguished Pilots who flew F4U Corsairs at Okinawa, including the Ace that is depicted in this dramatic piece:

Col DEAN CASWELL USMC / 7 victories
Col JOE McPHAIL USMC / 2 victories

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
Each print in this TEN signature edition is additionally signed by eight Corsair Pilots who flew in combat during the Battle of Okinawa:

Col JIM SWETT MOH USMC / 15 ½ victories
Lt Col LYLE BRADLEY USMC
Capt PHILIP De GROOT USMC
1st Lt CLINT FLADLAND USMC
Lt Col WILLIAM LUCAS USMC
Lt Cdr TOM McBRIDE USN
Col BRUCE PORTER USMC / 5 victories
Lt Col DARRELL SMITH USMC

THE OKINAWA VETERANS EDITION
To commemorate all those who took part in the most bitter campaign of the Pacific War, we are honored to announce that each print in this FIFTEEN signature edition has also been signed by five further veterans who fought at Okinawa:

Cdr BILL HARDY USN / Hellcat Ace with 6 ½ victories
Cdr DEAN LAIRD USN / Hellcat Ace with 5 ¾ victories
Sgt HARRY MOMI US Army / Tank Commander
Cdr DONALD SCHMAHL USN / served on Okinawa
SN MIKE WONDERLICH USN / served on the USS Hazelwood

THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
These SEVENTEEN signature editions are signed by a further two veterans of the Okinawa Campaign:

CMSgt LLOYD DEFFENBAUGH USAAC
QM JIM PICKERING USN

THE OKINAWA TRIBUTE EDITION
with an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING and TWENTY TWO signatures

With all the signatures of the Remarque Editions every print is issued with a beautiful original pencil drawing which is personally signed by two Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots who flew Corsairs at the Battle of Okinawa:

S/Lt CHRIS CARTLEDGE DSC RN
Lt KEITH QUILTER DSC RN

Each drawing is conservation matted to include the highly-prized signatures of three of the greatest USMC Aces who flew Corsairs at Okinawa:

Col JEFFERSON DE BLANC MOH USMC / 9 victories
Col ARCHIE DONAHUE USMC / 14 victories
Lt Col KEN WALSH MOH USMC / 21 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £215.00
Edition Size - 400

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
UK £315.00
Edition Size - 200

THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
UK £425.00
Edition Size - 25

THE VETERANS EDITION
UK £445.00
Edition Size - 110

THE REMARQUES
UK £825.00
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
UK £1425.00
Edition Size - 10

THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability)
UK £2995.00
Edition Size - 10

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 Overall print size: 32 ¼” wide x 24” high
Image size: 25 ¾” wide x 16 ¼” high

One Mig Down

A formation of Mirages led by LtCol Avi Lanir, commander of 101 Squadron Israeli Air Force, intercepts MiG21's over the Syrian Desert on 9 November 1972. In the ensuing dogfight two of the Syrian MiG's are shot down, one of them from a direct hit by Lanir to score his second MiG victory.

Created with the direct input of one of the greatest Jet Aces of the Supersonic age, Giora Epstein, this spectacular piece is a tribute to one of the greatest fighter leaders of the Isreali Air Force, Lt Colonel Avraham Lanir and depicts an arena of aviation combat that is seldom depicted.

THE SIGNATURES
This historic release is endorsed by some of the most legendary Jet Aces in history and the edition is personally signed by a staggering TWENTY SIX Israeli Aces that flew the Mirage in combat, amassing a total of more than 207 victories between them:

Colonel GIORA EVEN EPSTEIN- Israel's highest ever scoring fighter pilot and the highest scoring Jet to Jet Ace in history with 17 confirmed victories.
Lieutenant Colonel AVRAHAM SALOMON - a Double Ace with at least 141/2 victories
Brigadier General ISRAEL BAHARAV - a Double Ace with a minimum of 12 confirmed victories
Colonel YEHUDA KOREN - a Double Ace credited with at least 101/2 victories
Lieutenant Colonel SHLOMO LEVI - a Double Ace with a minimum of 10 confirmed victories
Colonel ODED MAROM - a Double Ace with at least 11 victories
Brigadier General IFTACH SPECTOR - a Double Ace with a minimum of 12 victories
Major General GIORA ROM - the Israeli Air Force's first ever jet Ace with at least 5 confirmed victories
Major EITAN KARMI - an Ace with at least 9 victories
Major DROR HARISH - an Ace with at least 9 confirmed victories
Brigadier General AMOS AMIR - an Ace with a minimum of 9 victories
Lieutenant Colonel MENAHEM SHMUL - an Ace with at least 5 confirmed victories
Major REUVEN ROZEN - an Ace with a minimum of 5 victories
Colonel ILAN GONEN - an Ace with at least 8 confirmed victories
Brigadier General RAN RONEN PEKER - an ace with at least 7 victories
Lieutenant Colonel MOSHE HERTZ - an Ace with at least 61/2 confirmed victories
Captain AVRAHM GILAD - an Ace with a minimum of 5 victories
Brigadier General MENACHEM SHARON - an Ace with a minimum of 6 confirmed victories
Major GIDON DROR - an Ace with a minimum of 5 confirmed victories
Colonel URI EVEN NIR - an Ace with at least 6 confirmed victories
Colonel GIDON LIVNI - an Ace with a minimum of 51/2 confirmed victories
Lieutenant Colonel YORAM GEVA - an Ace with a minimum of 5 confirmed victories
Brigadier General URI GIL - an Ace with a minimum of 71/2 victories, officially recognised as the worlds oldest fighter pilot who was still flying operationally at 60
Major ITHAMAR NEUNER - an Ace with at least 5 victories
Lieutenant Colonel ARIEL COHEN - an Ace with at least 5 confirmed victories
Lieutenant Colonel YERMI KEEIDAR - an ace with at least 7 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 400

THE ARTIST PROOFS
UK £375.00
Edition Size - 25

The Giclee Canvas Proofs
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 50

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 Overall print size: 30 3/4" x 24 1/2"

Giglee print size 36" x 24"

Open Assault

The Junkers Ju87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, its siren screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of those below. In 1940 its pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and ports of England. Robert Taylor’s memorable painting ‘Open Assault’, depicts Hurricanes of 501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf109s from JG51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me109s are despatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.

Prints of this epic encounter have been signed by RAF and Luftwaffe veterans of the Battle of Britain, and Luftwaffe Stuka pilots, providing aviation enthusiasts with a collectors gem.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in the Limited Edition has been signed by one of the last surviving Luftwaffe Stuka pilots from the war and two pilots that flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain.

Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD AFC
Leutnant WILHELM NOLLER
Squadron Leader TONY PICKERING

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
The SIX signature Collectors Edition is also signed by the following veterans of the Battle of Britain:

Squadron Leader DOUGLAS NICHOLLS DFC
Major ERIC RUDORFFER
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER

THE GENERALS EDITION
Each of these EIGHT signature prints were individually hand signed by two of the most prominant Aces of the War including General Johannes Steinhoff who signed in England, September 1990, and can now be released under arrangements made at that time with General Steinhoff.

General JOHANNES STEINHOFF 1913 – 1994
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL

The Limited Edition
UK £210.00
Edition Size - 400

The Collectors Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 250

The Generals Edition (subject to availability)
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 150

The Collectors Edition Artist Proofs
UK £375.00
Edition Size - 25

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 Overall print size: 33” wide x 25¼” high

Opening Sky

With the morning sun glinting on their fuselages, P-51 Mustangs of the 78th Fighter Group cross the Dutch coastline far below, heading back towards their base at Duxford, England at the end of a long sweep east of the Rhine crossing in Spring 1945. The final months of the war in Europe lie ahead, and for the P-51 pilots the victory is within sight. Robert Taylor’s visually poetic masterpiece, Opening Sky, pays tribute to the American P-51 Mustang fighter pilots who flew and fought for freedom during World War II, and is the third in his highly successful Tribute Series. It follows the release of his popular RAF Hurricane tribute, Height and Sun; and Luftwaffe Me109 tribute Dawn Eagles Rising.

Limited edition prints of Opening Sky have been signed by many of the United States' most famous P-51 fighter pilots, and together with the previous two prints in this series, create an extraordinary opportunity for aviation art and military history collectors.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print has been personally signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, together with THREE of the USAAF’s foremost P-51 Mustang Aces:

THE LIMITED EDITION
Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON - 357th FG / 16.25 victories
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE EAST - 10th Photo Recon Group / 14.5 victories
Colonel ART FIEDLER - 325th FG / 8 victories

THE LIMITED EDITION
US $195.00 UK £125.00
Edition Size - 300

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 Overall Print Size: 27 1/2” wide x 17” high. Image Size: 21” wide x 8¼” high

Operation Chastise

In one of the boldest precision raids of World War II, the valiant men of 617 Squadron breached the mighty dams of Germany. They were the Dambusters. On the night of 16/17 May 1943, nineteen Lancasters and 133 men from the recently formed 617 Squadron carried out one of the most spectacular precision raids in the history of air warfare. This highly secret undertaking went under the code name of Operation Chastise, but the world would come to know it simply as the Dambuster Raid.

Robert Taylor’s world famous portrayal of the moment that the Möhne Dam was breached in Operation Chastise sold out almost immediately when it was originally released and has since joined the ranks of the most collectible limited air combat editions ever published. It is therefore significant that this famous piece is the latest to be enhanced by the Giclée canvas process.

Produced and printed onto fine canvas under the direct supervision of the artist to match his original painting, and then mounted on to high-quality stretchers from the Military Gallery studio, each of these carefully crafted Giclée Studio Proofs is fully authorised and personally hand-signed by the artist Robert Taylor.

Exclusively limited to just SEVENTY FIVE copies worldwide, each canvas Giclée is stamped on the back, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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

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 Overall canvas size: 36” wide x 24” high

Out Of The Night - The First To Go In

Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective – Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched deep into their blackened faces, men from the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the British 6th Airborne Division, braced themselves for landing. They, and sappers from the Royal Engineers, were about to become the first fighting force to land in France on D-Day. They were about to make history. This new graphite collectors edition is personally signed by veterans who fought in the epic encounter at Pegasus Bridge, assaulted the beaches and one of the six Halifax pilots who towed the gliders into action on that momentous night.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every limited edition print in each edition has been signed by TWO of the veterans who fought at Pegasus Bridge.

THE D-DAY EDITION
In addition to the signatures on the Limited Edition, the TEN signature D-Day Editions have also been signed by the following veterans of Pegasus Bridge, of the D-Day landings, and one of the RAF Halifax pilots.

THE LIMITED EDITION:

Private ALF WHITBREAD
Private BILLY GRAY

THE D-DAY EDITION
All the above plus:

Private FRANK BOURLET
Sergeant PETER ‘ROCKY’ BRIGHT
Private STAN WATSON
Craftsman ROY BISHOP
Gunner ERNIE BREWER L.d.Hon
Lance Corporal HARRY HOPKINS
Private FRANK SANKEY
Squadron Leader JOHN FISHER DFC (USA)

The Limited Edition
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 300

The D-Day Edition
UK £135.00
Edition Size - 200

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 Overall size: 25 1/2 H x 21 1/2 W

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