Robert Taylor Catalogue


Towards Night's Darkness
by Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR Towards Night's Darkness


Usually it was seven men who flew together as a crew with RAF Bomber Command. They formed the closest of bonds, forged through an anvil of freezing temperatures, deadly flak and prowling nightfighters.

Whilst the ‘Few’ of Fighter Command had undoubtedly defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, it was the ‘Many’ of Bomber Command who were to play the pivotal role in delivering to the Allies ultimate victory in Europe. But it came at a terrible cost: with an average age of only 22, the odds of survival were slim and by 1943 the life expectancy for bomber aircrew was just 5 missions. In fact on one raid alone - the Nuremberg raid of 30/31 March 1944 - 543 aircrew were killed, more than Fighter Command lost during the entire Battle of Britain.

Robert Taylor’s evocative new painting is a moving tribute to these men of Bomber Command. As the setting sun casts a golden glow, a group of Lancasters from 576 Squadron form up after departing from their Lincolnshire base at the start of a raid into Germany in late 1944. The lead aircraft UL-I (LM227) was one of only a handful of Lancasters to complete 100 operational sorties.


THE SIGNATURES
Between them the airmen of Bomber Command won 23 Victoria Crosses during WWII, and countless others were highly decorated for courage and commitment. Some of these veterans have now joined together to sign this commemorative limited edition to honour all those who served with Bomber Command. They include some of the RAF’s most inspirational leaders; men such as James ‘Tirpitz’ Tait, one of the most highly decorated RAF airmen of WWII. Although sadly no longer with us, we are privileged that he was able to personally sign the prints during his lifetime, creating a truly historic collectors edition.


THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Robert Taylor, each print in every edition is signed by FIVE highly respected aircrew who flew Lancasters with RAF Bomber Command during WWII:

Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM
Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T on the Dambusters Raid.

Warrant Officer HARRY IRONS DFC
Completed 2 full tours as a Rear Gunner with 9 Sqn.


Flight Sergeant JIM McGILLIVRAY
A Rear Gunner with 115 Squadron.


Warrant Officer KEN JOHNSON
Completed 44 operations as a Mid-Upper Gunner with 9 Sqn.


Warrant Officer JAMES COPUS
A Mid Upper Gunner, with 97 Sqn.

THE LIMITED EDITION with FIVE signatures
200 signed & numbered prints

Overall Print Size: 24½” wide 18¾” high

THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION & REMARQUES
The TEN signature Collectors’ Editions are additionally signed by a further five highly decorated Lancaster veterans of Bomber Command including Group Captain James Tait:

Group Captain JAMES B. TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC

James ‘Willie’ Tait was one of Bomber Command’s most inspirational wartime leaders. Uniquely he was the only RAF airman to be awarded four DSO's and two DFC's and was recommended for the Victoria Cross for his "sustained gallantry" over almost five years of constant operations; instead he was awarded a third Bar to his DSO for his "conspicuous bravery and extreme devotion to duty in the face of the enemy". By the end of the war he had flown more than 100 operations, but is perhaps best remembered for his command of 617 Squadron and attacks on the Tirpitz, including the final successful operation on which one of Tait's own 'Tallboy' bombs scored a direct hit.

Air Commodore JOHN LANGSTON CBE
A Navigator with 617 Sqn.

Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
He flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain before joining 617 Sqn as a Pilot.


Warrant Officer FRANK TILLEY
A Flight Engineer with 617 Sqn.

Flight Sergeant STAN BRADFORD DFM
One of only a handful of Lancaster Air Gunners to finish the war as an Ace, credited with shooting down 6 enemy aircraft.

THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION with TEN signatures
100 Collectors’ Edition
25 Artist Proofs


THE REMARQUES
Each of these ten signature prints will be enhanced with a distinctive original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor, hand drawn within the border and just FIVE copies are issued with a Double sized pencil remarque. These are unique and highly prized pieces of original art by the master of aviation art.

THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION REMARQUES with TEN signatures
15 Remarques
5 Double Remarques



THE VICTORIA CROSS EDITION

ROBERT TAYLOR Towards Night's Darkness VC edition


This edition carries all the signatures of the Collectors Edition, however each copy is individually conservation matted to include a museum quality reproduction miniature Victoria Cross. Included in the matting are the rare and highly sought-after ORIGINAL pencil signatures of five veterans of RAF Bomber Command who were awarded the nation’s highest award for valour – the Victoria Cross, creating a historic FIFTEEN signature collectors item:

Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Wing Commander ROD LEAROYD VC
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC*
Group Captain LEONARD TRENT VC DFC ADC

25 Victoria Cross Edition with 15 signatures

Overall matted size: 27¼" wide 24" high

Exclusively limited to just twenty five copies worldwide this edition will certainly be oversubscribed so please contact us now to be included in the allocation

 

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