Robert Taylor Catalogue

THE LONG SHORT DAYS
by Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR The Long Short Days Bf109Gs from III./JG2

 

Robert Taylor’s stunning painting, beautifully captures a group of Bf109Gs from III./JG26, as they return to their forward base after a long fighter sweep along the Channel coast in early 1944. In his unmistakable style, and with inordinate skill, Robert deftly evokes a moment of rare tranquillity amidst the carnage of war as the lengthening sun glints across the frozen landscape during the short days of winter.

It was known as the Jagdverbände, the fighter arm of the Luftwaffe, and by June 1940 it boasted some of the world's greatest fighter pilots. With tactics honed to perfection, these battle-seasoned veterans dominated the skies of Europe.

But as the war progressed, the Luftwaffe fighter pilots faced another battle, the increasingly desperate war of attrition as the Allied air forces slowly, but inevitably, ground the German war machine into defeat. By early 1945 Allied air supremacy was overwhelming.

And yet despite the overwhelming odds, from within their ranks came the most successful air Aces ever to fly in combat - names such as Hans-Joachim Marseille, the top-scoring fighter pilot in the West, the legendary Erich Rudorffer who scored more multiple victories than any other pilot and of course the Fighter General, Adolf Galland, who achieved all of his 104 victories in the West. In total more than 100 Luftwaffe fighter pilots are known to have scored 100 or more victories, and 568 Jagdverbände flyers became holders of the Knight’s Cross, Germany’s highest awarded military honor.

The prints in this new release are personally autographed by an outstanding collection of Luftwaffe fighter pilots who flew in those momentous air battles over Europe, including one of III./JG26’s most legendary commanders - General Walter Krupinski. Since endorsing the edition with his signature, the General has sadly passed away giving even greater meaning to this new release and providing aviation art connoisseurs with a remarkable and valuable future collectors piece.

Overall Print Size: 32” wide x 24” high Image Size: 251/2" wide by 161/2" high

 


THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in each edition is individually hand-numbered and personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor together with TWO Luftwaffe fighter pilots who flew Me109's in the West:

Stabsgefreiter HUBERT-LUDWIG PFAULM Iron Cross
Flew Me109's with II JG./53.

Feldwebel HEINZ RADLAUER Iron Cross 1st Class
flew Me109's & Fw190's with JG51 with 15 victories.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Edition Size - 250

 

THE COLLECTORS EDITION AND REMARQUES
These NINE signature editions have been personally signed by a further seven highly respected Luftwaffe fighter pilots who flew in combat over Germany and France:

Leutnant HELMUT BALLEWSKI Iron Cross
Flew Me109's & Fw190's with JG53, all in the West.

Feldwebel ERNST GIEFING Iron Cross
Flew Bf109's & Me262's with JG7 with 6 victories.

Oberstleutnant NORBERT HANNIG Iron Cross 1st Class
Flew Me109's & Fw190's in the East and West with JG54 with 42 victories.

Unteroffizier GERHARD KOTT Iron cross 1st Class
Flew Me109's & Fw190's with JG3 and JG4 in the East and West with 8 victories.

The Editions are also signed by three iconic Luftwaffe Aces, all of them senior Knight’s Cross holders:

Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords
Flew Me109's, Fw190's & Me262's with JG2, JG54 & JG7 over the East and West achieving more multiple victories than any other pilot. The 12th highest scoring Ace in the West with 222 victories.

Oberfeldwebel WILLI RESCHKE Knight’s Cross
Flew Bf109's & Fw190's with JG301 & JG301 in the East and West with 27 victories

Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves (1910 - 2000)
Flew Me109's over the East & West with JG52, JG5 & JG11 later commanding JG26. Also flew the Me262 with JV44. Completed over 1,110 combat missions and scored 197 victories.

Although sadly no longer with us, the General, in special agreement with the 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. That moment has arrived and the publisher is honoured to be in a position to release a new edition from the worlds most collected Aviation Artist which personally autographed by such a historic figure.

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

Edition Size - 225

THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
Edition Size - 25
THE REMARQUES
Edition Size - 15
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability)
Edition Size - 10

 

THE TRIBUTE EDITION - very limited edition and subject to availability
This TWENTY signature Tribute Edition, limited by the extreme rarity of many of these pilot’s signatures, contains all the components of the Collectors Editions but each print is accompanied by an ORIGINAL pencil drawing by the world’s premier aviation artist Robert Taylor. Each of these beautiful drawings is personally signed by five famous Aces and then conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further SIX outstanding and highly decorated fighter Aces including some of the leading Pilots of the Western Front. The signatories in this amazing and historic edition scored over 1600 victories between them:

Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM Knight’s Cross
Flew Me109's with JG52 in the East and West scoring 137 victories.

Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
Flew Me109's & Me262's with JG5 & JG7 scoring 206 victories.

Feldwebel OSCAR BÖSCH Iron Cross 1st Class
Flew Fw190's in the East and West with JG3 scoring 18 victories.

Oberstleutnant HEINZ MARQUARDT Knight’s Cross
Flew Bf109's & Fw190's with JG51 over the East & West scoring 121 victories.

Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB Knight’s Cross
Flew Me109's, Fw190's & Me262's in the East and West with JG54, JG51, JG53 & JV44 scoring 60 victories

THE MATTED SIGNATURES
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds
The Fighter General he flew Me109's & Me262's with JG26 & JV44. The 4th highest scoring Ace on the Western Front scoring 104 victories.

Oberstleutnant ERNST-WILHELM REINERT Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords Flew Me109's and Me262's with JG77, JG27 & JG7. The 14th highest scoring Ace in the West with 174 victories

Generalmajor JOSEF HAIBÖCK Knight’s Cross
Flew Me109's & Fw190's in the West & East with JG26, JG52 & JG3 scoring 77 victories.

Hauptmann HUGO DAHMER Knight’s Cross
Flew the Me109 with JG26, JG77 & JG2 in the West scoring 57 victories.

Oberst JOHANNES NAUMANN Knight’s Cross
Flew Me109's with JG26 & JG6 in the West scoring 45 victories.

Oberstleutnant HELMUT BENNEMANN Knight’s Cross
Flew Me109's with JG52 & JG53 in the wast scoring 92 victories.



THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability)
Edition Size - 15

 

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