Glorious Summer

Robert Taylor





Glorious Summer Robert Taylor

Throughout the long hot summer of 1940 the destiny of the British Isles, indeed the future of Europe, laid in the hands of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots. Against them stood the vast aerial fleets of an all powerful Luftwaffe, gloating and confident from its victories in Poland, France and the Low Countries. Lying in wait across the Channel, anticipating an easy victory by its air force, were the armies of the most powerful tyrant the world had ever known. With Europe already succumbed to Nazi rule, Britain was alone, the last bastion among free nations to stand against an evil empire bent upon world domination. The battle, the first ever to be fought entirely in the air, would change the course of history, whatever the outcome. Outnumbered more than five to one at the outset, the odds were so heavily stacked against the RAF, the task looked almost hopeless. But as the ferocious aerial battles continued through the long summer months, the tactical skills, devotion and raw courage of the RAF's young flyers, gradually turned the tide. By September end, the battle was won and the defeated Luftwaffe retired to its' plundered territories to lick its wounds.

Robert Taylor's magnificent study of the legendary Hawker Hurricane captures wonderfully the spirit of that cataclysmic aerial conflict fought so long ago. Nearest, young Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page, later to become one of the RAF's most highly decorated fighter aces, powers his Mk I Hawker Hurricane over the country lane at the edge of the airfield, as he and his fellow No 56 Squadron pilots make their third scramble of the day.

Glorious Summer, the second edition in Robert Taylor's acclaimed and popular Battle of Britain Trilogy, comprises just 500 copies world-wide, each signed by six Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane pilots, and is published with an exclusive issue of just 250 Millennium Proofs, each signed by famous fighter pilots who fought in the historic Battle of Britain. As the world's premier aviation artist pays tribute to Churchill's gallant "Few", collectors will recognize the importance and value of adding the: fine portrayal of the Hurricane to their collections.




The Aces Edition is signed by SIX leading RAF Aces who flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain. In addition, the Millennium Proofs are signed by THIRTEEN additional Battle of Britain pilots, and two Beaufighter pilots have signed the companion drawing 'Hunters of the Night'- making a total of TWENTY ONE outstanding Battle of Britain signatures.


Wing Commander CHRISTOPHER 'Bunny' CURRANT
Group Captain DENNIS DAVID
Group Captain BILLY DRAKE
Wing Commander PAUL FARNES



(also signed by)

Air Commodore CYRIL BROWN
Air Vice-Marshal EDWARD CREW
Wing Commander BOB FOSTER
Warrant Officer PETER FOX
Flight Lieutenant PETER HAIRS
Squadron Leader PERCY MORFILL
Group Captain ALAN MURRAY
Wing Commander TOM NEIL
Wing Commander PETER PARROT
Group Captain JOHN PEEL
Squadron Leader ARTHUR 'Bill' POND

Hunters of the Night Robert Taylor
Hunters of the Night. Print size 18 1/2"x 13 1/4"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Aces Edition Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 500

Aces Edition Artist Proof
UK £320.00
Edition Size - 50


Millennium Proof
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 250

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