Ops on Hold

Richard Taylor

 

 

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Ops on Hold Richard Taylor

A TRIBUTE TO THE MEN OF RAF BOMBER COMMAND

March 1944 and heavy snow has settled firmly over the frozen Lincolnshire countryside around RAF Fiskerton. For once the Avro Lancasters of 49 Squadron stand quietly idle at their dispersal points around the airfield’s perimeter. It’s a scene recreated at many other heavy bomber airfields across the east of England and the young airmen who crew these mighty machines now wait patiently for the inevitable thaw that will soon see them in combat again. For some, however, the future is uncertain. Just a few weeks later, on 30 March 1944, during a raid on Nuremberg, more than 100 bombers would be shot down. In the space of a single night Bomber Command would suffer more men lost than had RAF Fighter Command during the entire Battle of Britain.

RAF Bomber Command flew more than 389,000 sorties from 101 operational bases across the east of England during World War Two and the aircrew that undertook these missions came from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia and many countries under Nazi occupation. Every airman was a volunteer and with an average age of just 22 they were forced to grow up quickly, enduring frightening odds and suffering terrible losses - only the Nazi U-Boat force experienced a higher casualty rate. Of the 125,000 men who served, 55,573 were killed. For every 100 airmen who joined Bomber Command, 45 would lose their lives, 6 would be seriously wounded and 8 made prisoners of war. Yet they resolutely overcame the overwhelming forces stacked against them, including some of the worst flying conditions imaginable and, never flinching from their task, flew until victory was finally achieved.

 

PRINT DETAILS

To help commemorate those who served, this evocative edition is personally signed by Pilots and Aircrew who flew Avro Lancasters with RAF Bomber Command during World War Two and is issued in support of the Bomber Command and POW Associations.

Along with the artist Richard Taylor each print is individually signed by three veterans who flew and fought with Bomber Command:

A/Cdre CHARLES CLARKE OBE
Bomb Aimer with 619 Sqn on Avro Lancasters

Flt Lt RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ WAUGHMAN DFC AFC
Pilot with 101 (Special Duties) Sqn on Avro Lancasters

Flt Lt KEN THOMAS DFC
Pilot with 622 Sqn on Short Stirlings and Avro Lancasters

 

Overall Print Size 23 1/4" x 14 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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PRINT PRICES

The Limited Edition Print
UK £90.00
Edition Size - 375

The Artist Proof Edition Print
UK £135.00
Edition Size - 25

Single Remarque Edition Print
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 15

Double Remarque Edition Print
UK £625.00
Edition Size - 10

 

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

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.

Companion print:

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Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.

 

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