“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
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.
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
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
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.
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
10 Double Remarques
Overall Print Size: 31” wide x 21” high
Overall Companion Print Size: 31” wide x 21” high
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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