Robert Taylor Catalogue

Height and Sun

40 Signature Artist Proof Edition

By Robert Taylor

Height and Sun Artist Proof Robert Taylor Aviation Art, Hurricane


Aircraft – Hawker Hurricane

"If you had the height, you controlled the battle. If you came out of the sun, the enemy could not see you. If you held your fire until you were very close, you seldom missed".
These three basic rules contributed to the prowess in aerial combat of some of the most successful fighter pilots in history and seldom were they more valuable than when outnumbered.
Between July and October 1940 the brave young pilots of RAF Fighter Command were under intense pressure from the constant attacks of the Luftwaffe
and the Hawker Hurricane, was the machine of the Battle of Britain, accounting for 80 percent of Allied victories.
In Robert Taylor's outstanding new painting, Hurricanes of 32 Sqn climb high into the morning sky, gaining Height and Sun in an attempt to take the advantage over the onslaught of enemy fighters - August, 1940. Featuring a typical 'Robert Taylor skyscape’ this new image captures the surreal calmness above the clouds, belying the fury of action and ultimate sacrifices made in those crisp blue skies.
With the prints in the edition personally autographed by members of the few this is a fitting testimony to the brave men who fought during one of the most crucial period's of British history.

Overall matted size: 31'½" wide x 19½" high. Acid Free Permanent Paper


Each Artist Proof has been conversation matted to include the authentic pencil signatures of FIFTEEN of the most famous Aces that flew during the Battle of Britain IN ADDITION TO THE 25 SIGNATURES OF THE TRIBUTE EDITION, making a total of FORTY original signatures:

Gp Capt Sir DOUGLAS BADER Hurricanes / 242 Sqn
Gp Capt DENNIS DAVID Hurricanes / 87 Sqn
Sqn Ldr 'BUCK' CASSON Spitfires / 616 Sqn
Wg Cdr JOHN GIBSON Hurricanes / 501 Sqn
AVM EDWARD CREW Blenheims / 604 Sqn
Cdr RONNIE HAY Fulmars / 808 Sqn
Wg Cdr 'BUNNY' CURRANT Hurricanes / 605 Sqn
Wg Cdr TAFFY' HIGGINSON Hurricanes / 56 Sqn
A/Cdre Sir ARCHIE WINSKILL Spitfires / 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr JOHN URWIN-MANN Hurricanes / 238 Sqn
Wg Cdr PETER PARROTT Hurricanes / 607 Sqn
Gp Capt JOHN BISDEE Spitfires / 609 Sqn
AVM HAROLD BIRD-WILSON Hurricanes /17 Sqn
Wg Cdr HARBOURNE STEPHEN Spitfires / 74 Sqn
Gp Capt GEORGE UNWIN Spitfires /19 Sqn


Group Captain BILLY DRAKE Hurricanes / 213 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant RICHARD JONES Spitfires / 64 Squadron, Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM Spitfires / 92 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant ALEXANDER APPLEFORD Spitfires / 66 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant ALBERT GREGORY Blenheims / 219 Squadron, Squadron Leader TONY IVESON Spitfires / 616 Squadron, Master Pilot LEOPOLD HEIMES Blenheims / 235 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant BENJAMIN BENT Blenheims / 25 Squadron, Wing Commander TERENCE KANE Spitfires / 234 Squadron,
Squadron Leader MAURICE BROWN Spitfires / 611 Squadron, Squadron Leader ROBERT KINGS Hurricanes / 238 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant OWEN BURNS Blenheims / 235 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant KEITH LAWRENCE Spitfires / 234 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN Blenheims / 235 Squadron Flight Lieutenant ROBIN LUCAS Defiants / 141 Squadron, Squadron Leader KENNETH LUSTY Blenheims / 25 Squadron, Squadron Leader JOCELYN MILLARD Hurricanes / 1 Squadron, Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD Hurricanes / 501 Squadron, Wing Commander TOM NEIL Hurricanes / 249 Squadron, Wing Commander JOHN ELKINGTON Hurricanes / 1 Squadron, Group Captain HERBERT PINFOLD Hurricanes / 56 Squadron, Squadron Leader ROBERT FOSTER Hurricanes / 605 Squadron, Flying Officer KENNETH WILKINSON Spitfires / 616 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant TREVOR G RAY Spitfires / 64 Squadron, Wing Commander GEORGE SWANWICK Spitfires / 54 Squadron


THE ARTIST PROOF EDITION with 40 signatures
50 Artist Proofs

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