THE GRAPHITE PORTFOLIO
A new series of Limited Edition pencil drawings
by Robert Taylor
|A new Limited Edition from Robert Taylor, whose evocative pencil drawing
commemorates the Curtis P40 and the pilots of the Allied Air Forces who
flew it with such heroic distinction throughout World War II
The renowned Curtis P40 Warhawk was, by the time of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, numerically the most important American fighter aircraft and had already been supplied to the RAF in mid 1940, where it was designated first the Tomahawk, and later versions the Kittyhawk. This classic aircraft remained in continuous front line service and flew in most theatres of operation throughout World War II.
Robert Taylor’s brand new limited edition has been issued specially
to pay tribute to this fine robust warbird, and to all the courageous
fighter pilots who flew it. The wonderfully evocative drawing depicts
a P40 Kittyhawk of 112 Squadron RAF,
With his outstanding and world-renowned talent for pencil drawing, Robert captures precisely the arid heat, dust and smoke of desert warfare, conveying an air of impending conflict. With each print signed by Squadron Leader Neville Duke, 112 fighter Ace and the Allies top-scoring pilot in the Mediterranean theatre, this is an outstanding aviation print in every sense, and with only 90 prints this new highly restricted edition is a must for all aviation art collectors.
Overall print size: 21¼"x 15½"
Edition Size: 90 signed and numbered prints -
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE DSO DFC* Neville Duke joined
the RAF in June 1940. Posted to92 Squadron at Biggin Hill in April 1941,
he flew wingman to ‘Sailor’ Malan. In November he was posted
to 112 Squadron in the Middle East, and survived being shot down twice
by pilots of JG27. His own tally however was rising fast and by early
February 1942 his victories had risen to 8 confirmed and 3 probables.
Afler a second tour in the desert with 92 Squadron, flying Spitfire Vs,
he went on to fly a third tour on Spitire VIIIs with 145 Squadron in Italy
- scoring his final victory in September to become the Allied top-scorer
in the Mediterranean theatre. He had flown over 486 sorties, and achieved
28 victories. After the war had ended Neville joined Hawkers as a test
pilot, becoming chief Test Pilot in 1951. On 7 September 1953 he captured
the World Air Speed record flying his famous all-red Hunter at 727.63
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