Coast In Sight  By Robert Taylor
Coast In Sight By Robert Taylor
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Coast In Sight  By Robert Taylor
MATTED ORIGINAL DRAWING COMES WITH BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE EDITION - SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS






"COAST IN SIGHT" - NEW RELEASE by ROBERT TAYLOR


Limited Edition of 400: $325
Collectors Edition of 235: $435
Artist Proof Edition of : $635
Remarque Edition of 15: $1,195
Double Remarque Edition of 10 $2,095
Bomber Command Edition of 10: $4,395


To celebrate forty years as the world's foremost aviation publisher - Robert Taylor's publisher is delighted to present the first in a series of Robert Taylor Masterworks specially released from the archives of the Military Gallery.

On 25 April, 1945, RAF Bomber Command despatched a force of over 300 Lancasters to attack The Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s personal retreat high in the Bavarian Alps. It was a symbolic operation because the war was all but over, nevertheless it was highly appropriate that after six years of savage aerial combat it was the Lancaster bombers and aircrew of Bomber Command that were chosen for the task.

The first operational Lancasters arrived with 44 Squadron at Waddington on Christmas Eve 1941 and it was quick to establish itself as the backbone of Bomber Command. By the summer of 1944 this legendary bomber, powered by four mighty Merlin engines, equipped over 40 squadrons and was as tough as the crews that flew it – men from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as other Commonwealth countries along with many nations under the threat of Nazi rule. Despite facing appalling conditions and some of the worst casualty rates of WWII, every man was a volunteer, each part of a special breed of heroic young men whose dogged resilience in the face of danger is expertly captured by Robert Taylor in his previously unseen painting, Coast in Sight.

With one engine out and serious damage to the starboard wing, a Mk.III Lancaster struggles to maintain height as the crew coax their battered aircraft slowly home after a gruelling night bombing mission to Germany in the autumn of 1944. With the English coast now in sight, safety is within their grasp and the crew’s perilous journey will soon be over. Completed in 1986 this moving piece joins the library of other major editions undertaken during this period, classic works such as Bombers Moon, JG-52 and Last Flight Home.

THE SIGNATURES:

THE LIMITED EDITION OF 400: $325


Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing every print are two decorated veterans who flew with 617 Squadron, probably the most elite precision-bombing unit of WWII:

Wg Cdr JOHN BELL MBE DFC
Bomb Aimer with 619 & 617 Sqns
Flt Lt ARTHUR POORE DFC
Pilot with 106 & 617 Sqns


Overall print size: 32” x 23 ½”
Image size: 25 ½” x 16“


THE COLLECTORS EDITION OF 235: $435


This historic NINE signature edition is additionally signed by a further seven Aircrew who flew with 617 Squadron:

Flt Lt KEN TRENT DFC*
Pilot with 576, 625 & 617 Sqns
Flt Lt MURRAY VALENTINE
Wireless Operator with 61 & 617 Sqns
Sqn Ldr BENNY GOODMAN
Pilot with 617 Sqn
Flt Sgt CHARLES AVEY
Mid-Upper Gunner with 617 Sqn
Flt Lt SYDNEY GRIMES
Wireless Operator with 106 & 617 Sqns
W.O. FRANK TILLEY
Flight Engineer with 617 Sqn
Sqn Ldr GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM
Bomb-Aimer with 97 & 617 Sqns (Dambuster)


THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS: $635
Edition of 25:


THE REMARQUES US $1195
Edition Size - 15


THE DOUBLE REMARQUES: $2,095
(subject to availability)
Edition Size - 10:


THE BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE EDITION: $4395
With Twenty Five Signatures:
Edition Size of 10


Flt Lt BILL REID VC
Lancaster Pilot with 61 & 617 Sqns
Sqn Ldr NORMAN SCRIVENER DSO DFC
Navigator on Lancasters with 83 Sqn Pathfinders
Gp Cpt JAMES TAIT DSO*** DFC*
Legendary Pilot on Lancasters led 617 Sqn
Sqn Ldr LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
Pilot on Lancaster with 617 Sqn (Dambuster)
Flt Lt BOB KNIGHTS DSO DFC
Pilot on Lancasters with 619 & 617 Sqns
W.O. CHARLIE DARBY
Rear Gunner on Halifaxes with 462 & 466 Sqns


Flt Lt GEORGE CHALMERS DFC DFM
Wireless Operator with 617 Sqn (Dambuster)
Sgt RAY GRAYSTON
Flight Engineer with 617 Sqn (Dambuster)
Cpl KEN LUCAS
Ground crew 617 Sqn (Dambuster)
Flt Sgt TOM SAYER DFM
Pilot on Halifaxes with 102 Sqn
W.O. DEREK GURNEY
Mid-Upper Gunner on Halifaxes with 10 Sqn
Fg Off BILL NORTH
Pilot with 61 Sqn on Lancasters


Each unique drawing is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of a further four of the most famous Bomber Command veterans of World War II:

Gp Cpt LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC*
Legendary Pilot who commanded 617 Sqn
Gp Cpt HAMISH MAHADDIE DSO DFC
Pilot who helped establish the Pathfinder Force


AM Sir IVOR BROOM KCB CBE DSO DFC AFC
Considered one of the finest Mosquito pilots of the war Flt Lt JOE PETRIE-ANDREWS DFC DFM
Pilot on Lancasters and Halifaxes with the Pathfinders
10 Tribute Edition $4,395:


Approximate matted size 20” x 18”




COAST IN SIGHT by ROBERT TAYLOR (Avro Lancaster: RAF: Bomber Command: Dambusters:)@vbader.com

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