STRAGGLER AT DAWN
by Richard Taylor
A TRIBUTE TO THE AIRMEN OF RAF BOMBER COMMAND
THE LIMITED EDITION
Edition Size - 275
THE ARTIST PROOFS
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size - 15
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES: $875
(subject to availability)
Edition Size - 10
Itís been hours since the main force returned safely to base but one ground crew is still scanning the eastern horizon for the sound of Merlin engines, knowing their aircraft is long overdue and missing. The tension amongst them is almost as high as itís been on board the missing Lancaster as it limps back alone across the cold North Sea.
Badly damaged by flak over Germany that has left two engines overheating, the crippled bomber, down on power and hard to handle, has fallen further and further behind the main formation. They soon find themselves alone. With no co-pilot to relieve him, the exhausted Lancaster pilot has called on help from his flight engineer and between them they have somehow coaxed the battered aircraft onwards. With the snow-clad landscape of England once more beginning to appear beneath them, they have finally made it home.
Richard Taylorís inspired piece sees the straggler with just a few more miles to go before the pilot gets his Lancaster safely back on the ground and, after her ground crew have worked their magic, the bomber will soon be in the air again, ready to fight another day.
Overall print size: 18" wide x 15" high
Image Size: 14" wide x 9ĺ" high
Adding great provenance to this poignant and atmospheric release, the prints are personally autographed by distinguished World War Two veterans who flew with RAF Bomber Command, creating a unique and exclusive collectorís piece.
Joining artist Richard Taylor in signing every print are two highly-regarded aircrew who flew Lancasters with RAF Bomber Command during WWII:
W.O. CECIL 'CHICK' CHANDLER Ld'H
Flight Engineer with 15 & 622 Sqns / 28 Ops
Wg Cdr JOHN BELL MBE DFC
Bomb-Aimer with 619 & 617 Sqns / 50 Ops
Regarded as one of the most gifted exponents of pencil work in the industry, Richard will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of these prints. If you have any particular request, such as specific aircraft markings, please ask when placing your order and weíll do our best to accommodate.
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES
Created with the serious collector in mind, and restricted to only TEN copies worldwide, each print is further enhanced with a unique, individually created double-size pencil drawing, once again finished in the graphite and paint combination that has gained Richard such outstanding international acclaim.
STRAGGLER AT DAWN by RICHARD TAYLOR (RAF: Avro Lancaster: RAF Bomber Command)@vbader.com