Robert Taylor Catalogue


and companion print Top Cover



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Two "FIRST EDITION" limited editions of Robert Taylor's new Volume V book of aviation paintings are issued simultaneously, each comprising just 600 copies - The USAAF Edition and The RAF and Commonwealth Edition

This page shows the RAF and Commonwealth Edition

Foreword by Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC*

Over 60 Glorious Colour Plates

In 128 pages, Robert Taylor’s Volume V combines over 60 full colour plates illustrating a wonderful selection of the artist’s latest works. There is a 10 page section devoted to his highly detailed full plate pencil drawings, and a score more delightful supporting pencil sketches. These spellbinding illustrations are brought to life by tens of thousands of descriptive words written by the artist himself, classifying this superb limited edition package among the most collectable of all the artist’s works.

Come Inside the Artist’s Studio

Each painting is given its own chapter in which Robert discusses how he brings the canvas to life, providing a beguiling insight into the stories behind each work of art. Robert reveals intriguing information about his preparation and how he tackles research. Fascinatingly, he explains the intricacies of composition, disclosing many of his techniques as he takes you page by page on a virtual tour of his studio.

Signed, Numbered, with Gold block Slipcase

Each Limited edition book is case-bound with dark blue cloth, fitted with high gloss, full colour dust jacket, and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist. Each book is supplied inside a beautiful colour-coordinated slipcase finished with the artist’s signature blocked in gold leaf on the cover. A superb, quality, heirloom to treasure down the years.

Certificate of Authenticity

Each Limited edition book, with matching numbered limited edition print, is issued with the official Certificate of Authenticity inscribed with your unique collection number.

Each Raf and Commonwealth collector edition comes with a matching numbered copy of TOP COVER signed by two leading RAF fighter and bomber pilots.

TOP COVER by Robert Taylor

TOP COVER by Robert Taylor

Flying escort missions was no soft option for fighter pilots. Supporting bombers en-route to important strategic targets almost guaranteed interception by enemy fighters, and the great bomber air raids over enemy occupied Europe brought about some of the most ferociously fought dog-fights of the war.

Though regarded as the best defencive fighter ever built, the Spitfire flew in most fighter roles in almost every theatre of WW II. it equipped many squadrons such as the RAF’s number 610 Squadron, which flew this outstanding fighter in various marks, throughout the was. Having contested the Battle of Britain flying Mark I’s, 610 became part of Douglas Bader’s famous Tangmere Wing in 1941 with the Mark Vb. As part of top-scoring Johnnie Johnson’s with Canadian Wing in 1943, the squadron was equipped with the Mark IX – ‘the best of all Spitfire Marks’ according to the great wing leader – getting the better of the Luftwaffe’s new Fw190 in the great air battles leading up to the Normandy Landings in 1944.

In 1944 the squadron received 90 gallon drop tanks for their new Mark XIV Spitfires and began long range sweeps over Germany. Robert Taylor’s emotive painting Top Cover recalls an event from this period; Led by Tony Glaze, on 6 October 1944 his flight of 610 Squadron Spitfire have picked up a severely damaged Halifax over Holland as it lumbers homeward after an attack on synthetic oil plants in Germany. Two crew members have been ordered by skipper Ted McGindle to depart the ailing bomber by parachute while he struggles on with other crew members too badly wounded to escape. Top cover provided by 610’s Spitfires ensured this 462 Squadron Halifax made it home on that October day.

Every print of 'Top Cover' has been signed by:

Squadron Leader F A O TONY GAZE DFC**

Overall size: 271/4” wide x 191/2” high

Edition size
600 signed and numbered copies

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