Robert Taylor Catalogue

THEY LANDED BY MOONLIGHT

by Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor They Landed By Moonlight, Westland Lysander

 

Aircraft – Westland Lysander

To fly a small aircraft at the dead of night, without radio communication or navigational assistance, deep into enemy occupied territory, was an extremely perilous task. Most suited aircraft to these World War II clandestine operations of the RAF’s Special Duties Squadrons, was the rugged Westland Lysander.
Weather permitting, operations were carried out during the moon’s fullest phase. With only torch light to guide him, the pilot made a hazardous night landing into an isolated field at a pre-arranged time, trusting that agents on the ground had checked the field for cart tracts and loitering Gestapo. Every mission required ice cool bravery and nerves of steel.
Robert Taylor captures to perfection the secret world of the Special Operations pilot with his atmospheric painting. Packed with tension, he recreates the high drama of a typical rendezvous as a pilot from No.161 Squadron based at Tangmere, readies his aircraft for take-off in a remote field deep inside occupied France. Clutching a Luger in one hand, he completes pre-takeoff checks as three passengers are spirited away by an armed member of the French Resistance. It is July 1943.

Signed in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and four highly decorated Special Duties pilots: Captain Murray Anderson DFC, Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges KCB CBE DSO DFC, Wing Commander Len Ratcliff DSO DFC, Group Captain Hugh Verity DSO* DFC,
Lieutenant Francis Cammaerts DSO, one of the most famous secret agents World War II

Overall print size: 30½ inches wide x 23½ inches high.

750 Signed and numbered prints - £200inc vat (£170.21+vat)
25 Artist’s Proofs with 4 signatures - £325inc vat (£276.60+vat)



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