Robert Taylor Catalogue

MILNE BAY – THE TURNING POINT
by Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR MILNE BAY – THE TURNING 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.

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

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

PUBLISHER PROOF EDITION
With all the signatures of the ‘Collectors Edition’, the Publisher Proofs are a total of NINE signatures. Issued with exclusive matching numbered copies of Robert Taylor’s pencil drawing PATROLLING THE TOP END.

Robert Tauylor PATROLLING THE TOP END.

(197/8" wide x 151/8" high)

Also signed by: Hon GOUGH WHITLAM AC QC (Companion print)

The Limited Edition
Edition Size - 550

The Collectors Edition
Edition Size - 150

The Artist Proofs
Edition Size - 50

The Publishers Proof with Companion Print
Edition Size - 75

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