First Strike by Richard Taylor

First Strike by Richard Taylor

ANNOUNCING RICHARD TAYLORS UNIQUE NEW LIMITED EDITION FEATURING THE De HAVILLAND MOSQUITO IN BURMA


Fought in often atrocious conditions, the war against the Japanese in Burma was cruel, savage and brutal. Flushed with thoughts of invincibility after their quick victories in Malaya and Singapore, by 1943 the Imperial Japanese Army had pushed the Allies all the way back to the borders of India, the jewel in the crown of the British Empire.

Richard Taylor’s incredible new painting, First Strike, features the Mosquitos of 27 Squadron - the Flying Elephants - newly arrived at Agartala in north-east India. Led by their CO, Wing Commander J.B. Nicolson VC of Battle of Britain fame, a pair of Mosquito FBVIs power their way home across the lush jungle-covered hills of northern Burma.

They have just completed the squadron’s first combat operation, a successful strike against Japanese ground targets along the vital railway link near Mandalay on Christmas Day 1943. Below them, in contrast to the savage jungle war, a group of native working elephants take a hard-earned drink.

Every print in Richard’s new edition has been personally signed by RAF aircrew who flew the Mosquito during WWII, creating a fitting tribute to this magnificent aircraft and making it an important addition to any aviation art collection.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print has been personally signed by three RAF veterans who flew the de Havilland Mosquito during World War II. They are also signed by the artist, Richard Taylor, and individually hand-numbered.

Flight Sergeant STANLEY ‘PADDY’ HOPE
Warrant Officer RICHARD ‘DICK’ MAYWOOD
Squadron Leader JOHN BROWN DFC

THE COLLECTORS AND REMARQUED EDITIONS
These NINE signature editions are additionally signed by the following aircrew that flew the Mosquito during WWII:

Flight Lieutenant DENNIS GOSLING
Flying Officer LES HADLEY
Squadron Leader ZBYSEK ‘NICKY’ NECAS Czech War Cross *
Warrant Officer ‘BERT’ WINWOOD
Flight Lieutenant DES CURTIS DFC
Flight Lieutenant ROGER CALVERT

THE LIMITED EDITION with THREE signatures
300 signed & numbered prints

THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION with NINE signatures
150 Collectors’ Edition
25 Artist Proofs

THE REMARQUES
Richard Taylor’s highly detailed pencil remarques are now some of the most collectible in the industry, and there will be a choice of two editions. The first will each have a single ORIGINAL pencil drawing gracefully hand crafted by the artist, and the second will be issued as an outstanding DOUBLE SIZE Remarque drawing.

An example of a Double Remarque drawing by Richard, for illustrative purposes. The double remarque is approximately 10” wide.


THE REMARQUE EDITION with NINE signatures
25 Remarques
10 Double Remarques