Robert Taylor Catalogue

Midwinter Dawn

by Robert Taylor

ROBERT-TAYLOR-AFTER-THE-STORM-ROBERT-TAYLOR-Aviation Art Spitfire

 

A TRIBUTE TO J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON, THE HIGHEST SCORING RAF ACE OF WORLD WAR II

The engineers at Rolls-Royce had worked their magic. They had somehow managed to squeeze every available ounce of power out of the current Merlin engine and by D-Day on 6 June 1944 the sleek Mk.IX Spitfires of Fighter Command reigned supreme in the skies over Normandy.

The magnificent Mk.IXs were, by far, the most numerous variant of Spitfires that fought from D-Day to the threshold of the Reich. In the great drive from Normandy across northern France, Belgium and into Holland the Spitfire pilots of Fighter Command threw down the gauntlet to any Luftwaffe pilots brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to tangle with them.

Perhaps the greatest pilot to ever fly the Spitfire was the RAF’s top fighter Ace ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. His resolute determination and steadfast leadership came into its own during D-Day and the subsequent advance through Normandy, and he would finish the war as the highest scoring Allied Ace in Europe.

The scene captures the moment when, as Wing Leader of 127 Canadian Wing, Johnnie is seen leading Mk.IX Spitfires from 421 ‘Red Indian’ Squadron RCAF out on patrol from their airfield at Evère near Brussels on a cold December morning in 1944. It is close to the fighting and the German front line so, as the Canadians climb steadily out over the snow clad landscape in the golden light of dawn, they are already alert and on the lookout for the first signs of trouble.

Overall Print Size approx: 33” wide x 25” high

Robert Taylor’s Masterwork has been specially commissioned in tribute to Johnnie Johnson and to commemorate the heroic role played by the pilots who flew the Spitfire on D-Day and the great Allied push from Normandy.

Prints in this magnificent new release have been personally signed by a number of the decreasing band of Spitfire pilots who flew and fought over Normandy, including the top Ace ‘Johnnie’ Johnson himself, who endorsed the content and publishing of this edition before he sadly passed away in 2001. The signature of such a great legend adds enormous distinction, value and historical importance to this new collectors’ piece.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print has been personally autographed by artist Robert Taylor and by FIVE prominent Pilots that flew the Spitfire during D-Day and Normandy, including the RAF’s top fighter Ace ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON.

Note: Although sadly no longer with us, Johnnie Johnson, in special agreement with Robert Taylor's publisher, fully endorsed the content of this painting by adding his signature to the edition during his lifetime, on condition that prints would be released at a later date

Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM
Flew offensive sweeps on D-Day / 4 confirmed victories.
Flight Sergeant RON FARNBOROUGH
Flew fighter patrols on D-Day and throughout the Allied invasion.
Flight Lieutenant RODNEY SCRASE DFC RAFVR
Flew anti V1 patrols and low level strafing attacks over Normandy / 4 victories and 3 damaged.
Flight Lieutenant JIMMY TAYLOR
Undertook photo-reconnaissance missions before during and after D-Day, was shot down over Germany.
Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* DL
Legendary Wing Leader and the RAF’s top fighter Ace with 38 confirmed air victories

THE CANADIAN EDITION
In addition to the signatures on the Limited Edition, each print in this EIGHT signature edition is also signed by three top Canadian Spitfire Aces who flew with Johnnie Johnson in the Canadian Wing over Normandy:

Wing Commander J.F. ‘STOCKY’ EDWARDS DFC* DFM / 16½ victories.
Wing Commander JAMES D. LINDSAY DFC / 9 victories.
Lieutenant General DON LAUBMAN DFC* / 15 victories.

THE CANADIAN EDITION - Remarques

The Remarques come endorsed with a specially created pencil drawing by Robert Taylor in the border of the print.

Roberts original work changes hands for ever increasing sums on the collectors market. Despite the tough climate of recent years his work remains highly collectable and all indications are that it continues to be a sound investment. These superb pieces represent the ultimate in collecting and an opportunity to acquire Robert's original work at the release price, however we urge you to contact us without delay to be included in the allocation.

MIDWINTER DAWN - THE TRIBUTE EDITION

Midwinter Dawn Tribute Robert Taylor
With all the signatures of the Canadian Edition, each print in this stunning FIFTEEN SIGNATURE Tribute Edition is issued with a highly collectible original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor. For the first time in an edition Robert will individual create each drawing on buff paper in a combination of graphite with coloured highlights in paint, creating a stunning 'sepia' effect piece. Each drawing is personally signed by a highly regarded D-Day Spitfire Pilot, and conservation matted to include the original signatures of six highly decorated Aces that flew Spitfires with Johnnie Johnson’s Canadian Wing in Normandy:

Flight Lieutenant RAY STEBBINGS (signed original drawing)
Flew numerous bombing bombing misisons on D-Day sorties before becoming a POW.
Wing Commander WALTER CONRAD DFC
Commanded 421 Sqn during D-Day / 8 victories.
Squadron Leader HARRY DOWDING DFC
Flew six missions over the Normandy beachhead on D-Day / 8 victories.
Squadron Leader ROBERT K. HAYWOOD DSO DFC
Flew four sorties on D-Day and a total of 195 combat operations / 6 victories.
Flight Lieutenant LARRY ROBILLARD DFM CD
Survived a duel with Adolf Galland and flew with 144 Wing on D-Day / 7 victories.
Wing Commander B.D.’DAL’ RUSSEL DSO DFC*
Commanded 126 Wing over Normandy / 7 victories.
Wing Commander RODERICK SMITH DFC
One of the most skilful Spitfire Pilots of WWII he flew with 412 Sqn on D-Day / 14 victories.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Edition Size - 250

THE CANADIAN EDITION
Edition Size - 200

THE CANADIAN EDITION ARTIST PROOFS
Edition Size - 25

THE REMARQUES
Edition Size - 15

THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
Edition Size - 10

THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability
Edition Size - 10

 

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