Morning Thunder

Robert Taylor





Morning Thunder Robert Taylor

There are few truly defining moments in the history of a state single episodes that touch every citizen, and cast a nation's future. Epoch-making events that influence the entire world are even more uncommon. The events that took place in the space of less than two hours on the morning of December 7, 1941 were of such defining importance, their memory is now deeply embedded into the history of the Twentieth Century.

The warm breezes blowing over the island of Oahu on that quiet Sunday morning heralded another peaceful day for the navy crews of the US Pacific Fleet. Stationed in the idyllic tropical waters of the Hawaiian Islands, the massive naval armada lay sleeping in the flat- calm of Pearl Harbor, personnel aboard and ashore enjoying their customary week-end relaxation. With America at peace; this Sunday would be just another day in paradise. It would not be so.

At ten minutes to eight, as the huge fleet lazily came awake, suddenly, and without warning, the world around them exploded with all the mighty force of thunder. Within seconds Pearl Harbor became cloaked with attacking Japanese aircraft. Before sailors could comprehend what was happening, bombs and torpedoes had ripped out the heart of the fleet. Four of eight battleships were sunk; a dozen more naval vessels lay stricken in the water; 2400 souls perished. In those terrible few moments, the tranquil scene was transformed into a boiling cauldron of explosions, fire, smoke and unimaginable destruction. Pearl Harbor became a raging inferno.

Robert Taylor's specially commissioned masterpiece recreates desperate moments during the second wave attack at around 9 am on that fateful Sunday morning. Having taken six torpedo hits and two bomb strikes in the first wave attack on "Battleship Row", the West Virginia is ablaze, her bows already low in the water and decks awash. Ignoring the risks, crews push the navy tug Hoga alongside with fire- fighting equipment and to pick up survivors. Overhead, Japanese Zeros swoop through the smoke, aiming the second wave attack at installations on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, to complete one of history's most devastating unprovoked declarations of war . Images of that infamous attack on the American Pacific Fleet as it lay peaceably in Pearl Harbor, horrifying as they were, will become ever more significant as the years go by: They provide that constant reminder and enduring tribute so important to the memory of those who survived, and those who never saw the sun set on that momentous day in America's history.

We are honoured to have survivors who took part in the action at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, sign the prints in Robert Taylor's remarkable commemorative editions, making these authenticated prints living treasures.



Joining the Artist Robert Taylor, this entire edition is signed by the following survivors who took part in the action at Pearl Harbour, December 7, 1941.

Chief Gunners Mate MIGUEL ACUNA
Chief Boatswains Mate RICHARD CUNNINGHAM
Chief Machinist AL FICKEL
Lieutenant JOHN FINN
Chief Gunners Mate JOHN LAND
Machinist Mate LYNDLE LYNCH
Firemant 1st Class QEUNTIN PYLE
Seaman 1st Class KEN SWEDBERG

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 26 1/2"x 16" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 550

Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 25

UK £450.00
Edition Size - 25

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Limited edition print:

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.

Publishers Proof:

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.

Remarqued print:

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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