Skipper Comes Home

Robert Taylor





Skipper Comes Home Robert Taylor

A classic Robert Taylor painting, embodying all that is great in the work of the world's foremost painter of aviation subjects. Portraying the stark contrast between the peaceful English countryside of the 1940's, and the harsh reality of the mighty war machines of the day, is a scenario Robert Taylor has made his own. Over twenty-five years in the vanguard of aviation art, this master artist has sealed his place in the history of military art, and today his work is collected more avidly than almost all other aviation artists put together. "

Skipper Comes Home is an archetypal example of the work that has made Robert Taylor famous and admired all around the world. The skill of his brushwork, combined with his vivid imagination, ingenuity, and knowledge of the aircraft flown in World War Two, is unsurpassed, together with his love of the English landscape, all these qualities are blended together here in an image that is bursting with nostalgia, beauty, and lasting memories of an era when inordinate courage and selfless devotion to duty came without asking,

With his new painting Robert reminds us that from the summer of 1942 until the end of hostilities, the USAAF's Eighth Air Force took the battle to enemy occupied Europe every single day that weather permitted. The largest air unit ever to go to war, the Eighth played a vital role in the ultimate defeat of Hitler's Germany. In the forefront of this awesome fighting force, the crews of the mighty B-17 Flying Fortress will be forever remembered.

Robert portrays “Skipper” one of the longest serving B-17 Flying Fortresses of the war, returning to Thurleigh on a cold afternoon in late January 1945. Flying with the 367th Squadron of the 306th Bomb Group, 'Skipper' was badly damaged in November 1944, repaired and returned to service to finish the war with over 100 combat mission flown. Depicted here, the bare metal replacement section in the tail, and several flak patches, have yet to be repainted by her busy ground crew. With the aid of Robert Taylor's sensitive representation, it is not difficult to imagine the thoughts and feelings of the returning aircrew as they see the runway at Thurleigh stretched out before them, welcoming them home as they make their final approach. An outstanding and invaluable addition to the portfolios of all discerning aviation collectors.



Every print in this brand new commemorative edition has been signed in pencil by FOUR pilots who flew B17 Fortresses with the Eighth Air Force in combat during World War Two. Each print is also signed by artist Robert Taylor, and
individually hand-numbered.

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM P. KINCHELOE
First Lieutenant DON NIELSEN

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 30 1/8" x 24 5/8" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 500

Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 25

UK £525.00
Edition Size - 25


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