A Time for Heroes

Robert Taylor





A Time for Heroes Robert Taylor

Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Fighter aircrews flew combat throughout the six long years of World War II. By the fall of France in 1940 and with German forces massing on the coast the invasion of Britain looked imminent. Only RAF Fighter Command stood in Hitler's way. By July , the most famous of all air battles had begun. The next three months under glorious summer skies , saw the most decisive and continual aerial fighting in history. The British victory in the Battle of Britain was to fundamentally change the course of the war and, ultimately the course of history, but there were four and a half more years of air battles still to be fought.It fell to the Fleet Air Arm pilots to see the last air fighting for British and Commonwealth pilots as they took part in the final assaults on the Japanese mainland. As the last embers of hostilities faded into history the centuries old doctrine of maritime supremacy had gone. Now the aircraft ruled.

In his masterful painting "A Time For Heroes" Robert Taylor pays tribute to the World War II Fighter aircrews of the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. A panoramic scene from the era of the Battle of Britain it depicts Mk1 Spitfires of 234 Squadron, 10 Group's top scoring Squadron, returning to St. Eval after intercepting heavy raids on the south coast ports during the heaviest fighting, in september 1940. St. Michael's Mount, the castle built to defend Britain's shores from earlier enemies provides a symbolic backdrop as the aircraft return home.




Wing Commander BOB DOE
Wing Commander GEORGE 'Grumpy' UNWIN


The fighter pilots edition is additionally signed by a further Six veterans and is accompanied with the companion print "Preparing for Action"

Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE
Wing Commander JOHN FREEBORN
Commander MIKE CROSLEY (companion print)
Flight Lieutenant JOHN SQUIER
Lieutenant Commander PETER MEADWAY (companion print)
Squadron Leader MAHINDER PUJJI

Preparing for Action Robert Taylor
Preparing for Action.Print size 18"x 13 1/2"


with all the signatures and components of
the"Fighter Pilots Edition" is issued with the collector print 'LONE
GLADIATOR', from an exquisite drawing by Robert Taylor.

Each proof is matted and includes the original signatures of

Lone Gladiator Robert Taylor
Lone Gladiator. Print size 13 3/4"x 10 1/2"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 31 5/8"x 23 1/2" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 500

The Fighter Pilots Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 250

The Fighter Pilots Edition Artist Proof
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

The Veterans Edition
UK £450.00
Edition Size - 75


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