Robert Taylor Catalogue

SPITFIRES OVER ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT
by Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor Aviation Art SPITFIRES OVER ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT

 

THE WORLD'S PREMIER AVIATION ARTIST COMMEMORATES THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SPITFIRE

One of the RAF’s oldest squadrons, No 41 was active with its Mk I Spitfires at the outset of World War II, first seeing action off the east coast of England in December 1939. Based at Hornchurch in Essex in May 1940, the Squadron was involved in the heavy fighting over the beaches of Dunkirk and, as spring turned to summer, its pilots were soon repelling the mass attacks mounted on Britain by the Luftwaffe – on 15th August 41 Squadron’s small contingent of serviceable Spitfires intercepted 90 plus enemy aircraft. It was a typical day in the life of a front line squadron during the decisive contest that was the Battle of Britain. No 41 Squadron flew Spitfires throughout World War II, being equipped with the Mk XIV at the end of hostilities.
Robert Taylor has chosen to show a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain colours of No 41 Squadron for his romantic portrayal of a Spitfire over St Michael’s Mount, just off the coast of Cornwall – where the southwest corner of the British Isles meets the mighty Atlantic. This famous and historic landmark dating back to the Iron Age is steeped in folklore and legend. The castle of St Michael’s Mount, perched atop a great granite rock that rises majestically out of the sea in Mount’s Bay, for centuries made a tempting site for fighting forces. Here Robert cleverly uses this historic fort to provide a symbolic backdrop to a wonderful study of one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built.
Not for a thousand years had the shores of Britain been crossed by invading forces, and here in 1940 a little fighter flown by young pilots, played a pivotal role in keeping that military record intact.

A magnificent study of a legend in flight

THE 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (individually numbered 1 – 45)
This unique SIX signature Anniversary Edition from the world’s premier aviation artist is a rare chance for collectors to secure a truly special item of Spitfire history. Carrying the additional original signatures of three of the most celebrated Spitfire fighter pilots of World War II, each of the 45 copies available are supplied in conservation double mattes.


Group Captain BRIAN KINGCOME DSO DFC*
Air Vice-Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*
Wing Commander BOB STANFORD TUCK DSO DFC**
The above three are matted original signatures

Wing Commander PETER V. AYERST DFC
Squadron Leader IAN BLAIR DFM
Flight Lieutenant KENNETH W. S. EVANS DFC

Overall Matted Size: 23” wide x 22 ¾” high

45 Anniversary Edition Prints (Matted) with SIX signatures

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