Richard Taylor Catalogue


THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKES

by Richard Taylor

THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKES by  Richard Taylor Aviation Art

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill
him with a terrible resolve.”
attributed to Admiral Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy


On Sunday December 7, 1941 the free world had been stunned into disbelief by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The devastating assault on the headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet had left over two thousand American servicemen dead, most of her battleships destroyed or damaged, and the remains of nearly 200 American aircraft lay in tatters. America reeled from the shock and sheer incredulity.


By 4.10pm the following day America was formally at war, and five thousand miles away the first of the carriers, the USS Enterprise, was returning to Pearl Harbor.

Richard Taylor’s new painting depicts the Enterpriseapproaching Ford Island and the smoldering ruins that had been the Pacific Fleet. Ships still burn and the thick smoke hangs in the air as the mighty carrier moves slowly through the outer channel and ever alert F4F-3A Wildcats of VF-6 fly an overhead patrol. Throughout the night the carrier will refuel and re-arm, and at dawn she will return to sea with a steel resolve and a new mission..........to avenge Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese failure to destroy the US carriers was a fateful mistake and, six months later, the Enterprise finally got her chance at the Battle of Midway, as the US carriers delivered one of most decisive victories in the history of naval warfare, paving the way for victory in the Pacific. This truly memorable edition portraying those first hours after formal war had been declared, is a triumph for one of the most exciting aviation artists of his generation.

THE SIGNATURES
It is a great honor that the Military Gallery can pay tribute to the men who fought at Pearl harbor by announcing that no less than THREE of the declining number of veterans who saw action that day have readily agreed to join artist Richard Taylor in signing each print.

Staff Sgt JAMES ANTHONY DONIS USAAC
Sgt LEO PRIEST US Army
Lt Colonel BERNARD ‘BERNIE’ RUBIEN USAAC


THE COMPANION PRINT

DAY OF THE RISING SUN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7, 1941

DAY OF THE RISING SUN by Richard Taylor


Admiral Nagumo had called his crews to readiness in the early hours. He was pleased, because for the past 11 days his fleet had steamed 4000 miles across the Pacific without detection and now they were just a couple of hundred miles off the northern shores of Oahu. Anticipation was high and at 06.10am, he ordered the launch of the first wave of aircraft from the carriers.


With the rising sun glinting on their fuselages, Nakajima B5N Kate torpedo and high-altitude bombers, and Aichi D3A Val dive-bombers, head for the unsuspecting US Pacific Fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor. In less than two hours time the fate of the world will have been changed forever.

Each print in every edition of The Sleeping Giant Awakes, is issued with this outstanding companion print creating a fitting commemorative collectors edition for the 70th Anniversary of this world changing event.

THE REMARQUES
Richards remarques are amongst the best in the industry, always in demand and he is happy to create a very personal original drawing specifically for each order so contact us now with your requirements.


THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKES
All editions are issued with a matching numbered, artist-signed copy of the companion print 'Day of the Rising Sun'


350 signed & numbered prints
25 Artist Proofs
25 Remarques
10 Double Remarques


Overall Print Size: 31” wide x 21” high
Overall Companion Print Size: 31” wide x 21” high
Acid Free Permanent Paper




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RICHARD TAYLOR
Richard Taylor is a young talent not to be ignored. His abounding enthusiasm for painting aircraft, and the distinctive natural flair of this young professional artist is clearly demonstrated in this, his very first aviation painting to be issued as a limited edition. In joining The Military Gallery – the same international publishing house that has represented his illustrious father over 30 years – Richard Taylor is set to carve out an exciting career for himself: a career that the most discerning collectors of the genre will no doubt wish to hold a stake in from the very outset.