Height and Sun

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Height and Sun Robert Taylor

This evocative new edition features a trademark Robert Taylor sky, capturing perfectly an early morning patrol in 1940. The edition is personally authenticated by aircrew that fought in combat during the Battle of Britain. An edition with so many exceptionally rare signatures, it is almost impossible to replicate these days.

"If you had the height, you controlled the battle. If you came out of the sun, the enemy could not see you. If you held your fire until you were very close, you seldom missed".

These three basic rules contributed to the prowess in aerial combat of some of the most successful fighter pilots in history and seldom were they more valuable than when outnumbered.

Between July and October 1940 the brave young pilots of RAF Fighter Command were under intense pressure from constant attack of the Luftwaffe and the Hawker Hurricane, was the machine of the Battle of Britain, accounting for 80 percent of allied victories. In Robert Taylor's outstanding new painting, Hawker Hurricanes of 32 Squadron climb high into the morning sky, gaining Height and Sun in an attempt to take the advantage over the onslaught of enemy fighters - August, 1940. Featuring a typical 'Robert Taylor skyscape’ this new image captures the surreal calmness above the clouds, belying the fury of action and ultimate sacrifices made in those crisp blue skies.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE LIMITED EDITION

Every print in the limited edition has been personally signed by the artist Robert Taylor together with the following Three Battle of Britain fighter pilots who fought during this pivotal moment of the War:

Group Captain Billy Drake - Hurricanes / 213 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Richard Jones - Spitfires / 64 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum - Spitfires / 92 Squadron

THE TRIBUTE EDITION

In addition to the Three signatories of the limited edition, each copy of the tribute edition has been personally signed by a further Twenty - Two Battle of Britain pilots and aircrew, making a total of Twenty - Five distinguished members of Churchill's famous "few"

Flight Lieutenant Alexander Appleford - Spitfires / 66 Squadron
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson - Spitfires / 616 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Benjamin Bent - Blenheims / 25 Squadron
Squadron Leader Maurice Brown - Spitfires / 611 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns - Blenheims / 235 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Joseph Chamberlain - Blenheims / 235 Squadron
Squadron Leader Kenneth Lusty - Blenheims / 25 Squadron
Group Captain Byron Duckenfield - Hurricanes / 501 Squadron
Wing Commander John Elkington - Hurricanes / 1 Squadron
Squadron Leader Robert Foster - Hurricanes / 605 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Trevor Gray - Spitfires / 64 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Albert Gregory - Blenheims / 219 Squadron
Master Pilot Leopold Heimes - Blenheims / 235 Squadron
Wing Commander Terrence Kane - Spitfires / 234 Squadron
Squadron Leader Robert Kings - Hurricanes / 238 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence - Spitfires / 234 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Robin Lucas - Defiant's / 141 Squadron
Squadron Leader Jocelyn Millard - Hurricanes / 1 Squadron
Wing Commander Tom Neil - Hurricanes / 249 Squadron
Group Captain Herbert Pinfold - Hurricanes / 56 Squadron
Flying Officer Kenneth Wilkinson - Spitfires / 616 Squadron
Wing Commander George Swanwick - Spitfires / 54 Squadron

THE ARTIST PROOF EDITION

In addition to the Twenty Five Battle of Britain aircrew who have signed the tribute edition, each artist proof has been conservation matted to include the authentic pencil signatures of Fifteen of the most famous aces that flew during the Battle of Britain, making a total of Fourty original signatures.

Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader - Hurricanes / 242 Squadron
Group Captain Dennis David - Hurricanes / 87 Squadron
Squadron Leader "Buck" Casson - Spitfires / 616 Squadron
Wing Commander John Gibson - Hurricanes / 501 Squadron
Air Vice Marshall Edward Crew - Blenheims / 604 Squadron
Commander Ronnie Hay - Fulmars / 808 Squadron
Wing Commander "Bunny" Currant - Hurricanes / 605 Squadron
Wing Commander "Taffy" Higginson - Hurricanes / 56 Squadron
Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill - Spitfires / 603 Squadron
Squadron Leader John Urwin Mann - Hurricanes / 238 Squadron
Wing Commander Peter Parrott - Hurricanes / 607 Squadron
Group Captain John Bisdee - Spitfires / 609 Squadron
Air Vice Marshall Harold Bird Wilson - Hurricanes / 17 Squadron
Wing Commander Harbourne Stephen - Spitfires / 74 Squadron
Group Captain George Unwin - Spitfires / 19 Squadron

Height and Sun Robert Taylor Artist Proof Edition
Height and Sun by Robert Taylor - Artist Proof Edition. Conservation matted to include the original signatures of Fifteen Battle of Britain Aces including Sir Douglas Bader. A total of Fourty signatures in this edition.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 27 1/2"x 17" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Matted Size 31 1/2"x 19 1/2" (inches) (Conservation Matted)

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Limited Edition Print
UK £125.00 Edition Size - 300

SOLD OUT

The Tribute Edition
UK £195.00 Edition Size - 175

SOLD OUT

The Artist Proof Edition
UK £450.00 Edition Size - 50

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

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An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

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A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

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A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

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Original drawing:

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Certificate of Authenticity:

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