The Great Escape

Richard Taylor





The Great Escape Richard Taylor

“Everyone in this room is living on borrowed time. By rights we should all be dead! The only reason that God allowed us this extra ration of life is so we can make life hell for the Hun… three bloody deep, bloody long tunnels will be dug - Tom, Dick, and Harry. One will succeed!”

With those words the chief escape officer in Stalag Luft III, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell RAF, announced his plan for perhaps the most daring escape attempt of the war - the mass breakout of 200 men through the digging of three long tunnels (nicknamed Tom, Dick, and Harry), an audacious feat of tunnelling that would be long and dangerous. Just after 22.00hrs on the night of 24/25 March 1944, the first escapee broke through to the surface - only to find it well short of the surrounding trees. The escapees would have to crawl to the cover of the trees under the noses of the patrolling sentries.

Richard Taylor’s masterful new piece captures the scene as POWs escape into the cool night air and realize, to their dawning horror, that their planned exit has fallen short of the woods.



Joining the artist, every print in this exclusive edition has been individually signed by veterans from Stalag Luft III who were involved in The Great Escape.

The Limited Edition

Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM “TEX” ASH

The Escapers Edition & Remarque Editions

The Escapers and Remarque Editions are additionally signed by a further Four veterans from Stalag Luft III who were involved in The Great Escape.Making a total of Five signatures in this edition.

Squadron Leader DICK CHURCHILL
Flight Lieutenant JACK LYON
Wing Commander KEN REES
Warrant Officer RON WADE

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 22" x 17" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

The Great Escape
Folio Drawings

The Railway Richard Taylor
The Railway Richard Taylor

A tiny wooden railway, operated with rope-pulled trolleys, was constructed along the entire length of the tunnel Harry to carry men and equipment,and remove earth. On the night of 24/25 March 1944 it ferried the escaping POWs rapidly through the tunnel to the exit shaft.

Only available as a pair with "Coming Up Short"

Coming Up Short Richard Taylor
Coming Up Short Richard Taylor

As the first POWs break through to the surface from the tunnel Harry on the night of 24/25 March 1944, the dreadful realisation is made that the exit has come up 10 feet short of the woods surrounding Stalag Luft III.

Only available as a pair with "The Railway"

This specially released Folio set by Richard Taylor features Seventy Six pairs of limited edition Graphite proofs, The Railway & Coming Up Short, released in memory of the Seventy Six men that managed to escape the camp.

The Proofs are individually signed by veterans who, as POWs in Stalag Luft III, played a part in the most memorable escape attempt of World War II.

Flight Lieutenant JACK LYON

Wing Commander KEN REES

Matching numbers of the Folio Drawings are available. It may also be possible at the time of ordering to supply matching numbered editions of "The Great Escape" making this a fantastic opportunity to acquire a trio of matching numbered sets from the legendary Great escape. Please contact us for further information regarding availability.

Overall Print Sizes: 12” wide x 8¾” high

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Print Prices - The Great Escape

The Limited Edition
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 200

The Escapers Edition
UK £150.00
Edition Size - 76

The Escapers Edition Remarque
UK £265.00
Edition Size - 10 (subject to availability)


Print Prices - The Great Escape Folio Drawings

The Great Escape Folio Drawings (The Railway & Coming Up Short)
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 76


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