Robert Taylor Catalogue

GLORIOUS SUMMER -The Aces Edition

by Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR GLORIOUS SUMMER, Hurricane


Aircraft – Hurricane

Throughout the long hot summer of 1940 the destiny of the British Isles,indeed the future of Europe, laid in the hands of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots. Against them stood the vast aerial fleets of an all powerful Luftwaffe, gloating and confident from its victories in Polnd, France and the Low Countries. Lying in wait across the channel, anticipating an easy victory by its air force, were the armies of the most powerful tyrant the world had ever known.
With Europe already succumbed to Nazi rule, Britain was alone, the last bastion among free nations to stand against an evil empire bent upon world domination . The battle, the first ever to be fought entirely in the air, would change the course of history, whatever the outcome.
Outnumbered more than five to one at the outset, the odds were heavily stacked against the RAF, the task looked almost hopeless. But as the ferocious aerial battles continued through the long summer months, the tactical skills, devotion and raw courage of the RAF’s young flyers, gradually turned the tide. By September end, the battle was won and the defeated Luftwaffe retired to lick its wounds.

Robert Taylor’s magnificent study of the legendary Hurricane captures wonderfully the spirit of that cataclysmic aerial conflict fought so long ago. Nearest, young pilot officer Geoffrey Page, later to become one of the RAF’s most decorated Aces, powers his Mk I Hurricane over the country lane at the edge of the airfield, as he and his fellow No.56 Squadron pilots make their third scramble of the day to repulse incessant heavy attacks by German aircraft on the RAF airfields of 11 Group, July 1940.

Overall print size: 33" wide x 24" high


Signed in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and six Battle of Britain Aces: Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC,
Wing Commander Christopher ‘Bunny’ Currant DSO DFC,
Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC AFC, Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC,
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC,

 

Edition size - 500 signed and numbered prints


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