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Latest Richard Taylor release

BOMBING UP TOMMY
by Richard Taylor

– THE DAMBUSTERS –

Operation Chastise – the famous attacks on the great dams of the Ruhr valley by the Lancasters of 617 Sqn are known as perhaps the most daring precision air raid in history. As a fitting tribute, Richard Taylor’s outstanding painting depicts the scene just a few hours before departure, on the afternoon of 16 May 1943 at RAF Scampton as the hardworking ground crews of 617 Squadron ready their Lancasters in preparation for the night’s raid.

In the foreground Lancaster AJ-T ‘Tommy’ is loaded with Barnes Wallis’ ingenious ‘Upkeep’ bouncing bomb which will later be called into use by Pilot Joe McCarthy. After their original aircraft AJ-Q ‘Queenie’ developed a last minute coolant leak McCarthy and his crew switched to Lancaster AJ-T which as a reserve aircraft was not fitted with the twin Aldis lamps needed to calculate the correct height; Bomb Aimer George ‘Johnny’ Johnson and the crew knew that once they reached the target the odds would be stacked against them. Nevertheless with dogged determination they finally got airborne at 22.01 hrs and headed for their target – the Sorpe Dam.

Overall print size: 24” wide x 12 ½” high

Each print is individually numbered and signed by the artist Richard Taylor.

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New Dambusters Release

DAMBUSTERS – ‘GONER 58A’
by Robert Taylor

The world’s premier aviation artist commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.

The aim was to destroy the great dams of western Germany. Many thought it mission impossible, but they underestimated the men of the newly-formed 617 Squadron – The Dambusters.

The story of RAF Bomber Command’s audacious attack on the great dams of western Germany continues to inspire long after the events that took place on the night of 16 / 17 May 1943 – and with good reason. Few wartime missions have replicated the skill, courage and bravery demonstrated that night and the Dambusters have rightly gained legendary status.

Robert Taylor’s dramatic work in graphite and paint – originally created as the working drawing for his acclaimed painting Three Good Bounces – depicts a moment during Flight Lieutenant Mick Martin’s attack on the Möhne Dam. With two attacks already made Martin, flying AJ-P, releases his Upkeep while Gibson in Lancaster AJ-G flies off his starboard beam in an attempt to draw some of the enemy flak. It was unsuccessful; his radio operator tapping out ‘Goner-5-8-A’ (the code for – ‘Special weapon released’) ‘exploded 50 yards from target’ – ‘no apparent breach’ – ‘target A’.

It would require two more attacks, from ‘Dinghy’ Young in AJ-A and David Maltby in AJ-J, before the weakened dam was finally breached, sending a tidal wave of water into the valley below. For Gibson it wasn’t over; he will lead the remaining crews to successfully breach the next target, the Eder dam.

Robert Taylor’s skill and artistry reflects his intimate and authentic knowledge of the events that took place on that epic, moonlit night in May 1943. Over the past four decades he has enjoyed the company of almost every man to survive Operation Chastise, has listened to their stories first-hand, and counted many of them as friends. The knowledge acquired, and the friendships gained have, without doubt, given Robert an unparalleled insight into the legendary Dambusters.

Overall print size: 26 ¾” wide x 17 ½” high

Full details on editions that are available, are on our online store here

 

New Robert Taylor Print

Merlin are pleased to be able to offer the latest Robert Taylor print.

ALMOST HOME
by Robert Taylor

A classic Masterwork from the world’s foremost aviation artist, released to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force

Almost Home recreates a scene that was familiar to anyone in Bomber Command. A lone 9 Squadron Lancaster, separated from the main force during a punishing mission to Germany in late 1944, returns to safety. The weary crew are no doubt relieved to see familiar fields beneath them as they approach their base at RAF Bardney. 9 Squadron had received their Lancasters in September 1942 and became a leading unit within Bomber Command. Working on operations alongside 617 Squadron, they specialised in dropping Barnes Wallis’s famous 12,000lb ‘Tallboy’ bombs, including the successful mission to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.

This previously unreleased work was commissioned by a crew member of the featured Lancaster in 1984, the decade that saw artist Robert Taylor shoot to international renown as the world’s most widely collected aviation artist. A timeless and poignant classic, Almost Home has been released to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. The world’s oldest independent air force, the RAF was formed towards the end of WWI on 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create what was then the largest air force in the world. Since then the RAF has played a significant role in British military history.

Overall Print Size: 30.75 x 23.5 inches

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two highly-regarded RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew Lancasters on operations over Europe during World War II, including a Rear Gunner who served with 9 Squadron:

W.O. HARRY IRONS DFC
Flt Lt RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ WAUGHMAN DFC AFC

THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, ARTIST PROOFS & REMARQUES
Each print in these historic eight signature editions is additionally signed by a further six distinguished RAF Bomber Command veterans including a Mid-Upper Gunner who served with 9 Squadron:

W.O. KEN JONSON Ld’H
W.O. RUPERTY NOYE DFC
W.O. CECIL ‘CHICK’ CHANDLER Ld’H
W.O. HAROLD KIRBY Ld’H
W.O. REG PAYNE
Fg Off VIC FARMER

THE BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE EDITION
With original drawing and seventeen signatures!
With all the signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each print is issued with a specially commissioned original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor which has been signed by five highly distinguished veterans who flew with RAF Bomber Command during WWII. Each drawing is conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further four famous Bomber Command veterans, including its legendary Commander in Chief, Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris:

Sqn Ldr GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON MBE DFM
Flt Lt KEN TRENT DFC*
Sqn Ldr DOUGLAS JOSS MBE
W.O. FRANK TILLEY
Flt LtGEORGE DUNN DFC

The matted signatures:

MRAF Sir ARTHUR HARRIS Bt GCB OBE AFC
Sqn Ldr RICHARD ‘TERRY’ KEARNS DSO DFC DFM
Flt Lt ERNEST WEBB DFC
Flt Lt ROBERT SOUTER

The signatories included in this edition flew a staggering 681 bombing missions between them!

 

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New Release – CRACK ACE by Robert Taylor

CRACK ACE
by Robert Taylor

A book & print portfolio paying tribute to one of the Luftwaffe’s great Aces – Helmut Wick

Helmut Wick is the subject of Robert Taylor’s brilliantly composed Crack Ace, the latest release in his increasingly collectible series of Masterwork drawings. With his unrivalled skill using his striking graphite and paint combination, Robert portrays the top Ace shortly after his appointment as Geschwaderkommodore of JG2 ‘Richthofen’, describing the outcome of a recent duel with a Spitfire to his fellow officers.

Overall print size: 18” wide x 18” high
Image size: 14” wide x 13” high

Every print in this commemorative edition is signed by a prominent Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot:

Lieutnant HORST JAEKEL
Bf109 pilot with 3./JG4

THE BOOK
To complete the portfolio, each print is issued with a matching-numbered, hard-back copy of the book ARRIVAL OF EAGLES by distinguished author and historian Andy Saunders.

THE MATTED COLLECTOR’S EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
Each print is conservation matted to include the original signatures of four famous Luftwaffe Aces who flew Bf109s during WWII:

Hauptmann SIEGFRIED BETHKE
Iron Cross 1st Class / 14 victories

Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER
Knight’s Cross / 56 victories

Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords / 275 victories

Generalleutnant FRIEDRICH OBLESER
Knight’s Cross / 120 victories

Each matching-numbered book contains a special collector’s bookplate autographed by the legendary Luftwaffe Ace:

Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds / 104 victories

Approx matted size: 22″ wide x 24¼ high”

THE MATTED REMARQUES
Robert will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of the print, giving collectors the opportunity to acquire a highly sought after original work by the world’s most collected aviation artist. Each copy is individually matted with all the components of the Collector’s Edition.

Sizes and layouts of matted Remarques will vary.

 

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JG-52 Remarque

We have been very fortunate to have secured a very rare remarqued copy of JG-52.  Limited edition copies of JG-52 are sought after, so to be able to offer a remarqued copy is a rare opportunity.  Given it’s rarity we expect to sell this item very quickly.  If you are interested in this, or any other collectable artwork, then please contact us on 01223 751545.

Nb. The print has been framed using conservation materials.

UPDATE – SOLD  Contact us for similar prints.

MAJOR WEBSITE UPDATE

We are pleased to announce the long-planned website update has been successfully implemented.  As well as redesigning the menu options, we have taken the opportunity to add new pages for Original Art and for Remarqued prints.  The new pages are available from the main menu and from the homepage buttons.

The website now has a far larger number of original artwork available to buy online and we hope the new pages will make it much easier to browse the rarer pieces.

Bringing The Peacemaker Home!

We were all very pleased over the festive period, when our copy of ‘Bringing The Peacemaker Home ‘ sold to a relative of a family that lived adjacent to Bassingbourn airfield.  The Peacemaker was photographed during the war with a member of the family and the print was bought as a surprise present.  We also manged to source some colour photos, showing the occasion when the family member was pictured alongside the aircraft, and managed to get these professionally enhanced and presented to the family also.  Great way to end 2017 with the Peacemaker print going home!

Gallery Opening Times

Just a short reminder that the gallery will be closed this coming Sunday (31st December). We shall be open from the following Sunday (07th January) at the normal times.
On behalf of us all at Merlin, we’d like to wish you all a safe and healthy 2018.

New Release – HEADLONG INTO THE CLASH

HEADLONG INTO THE CLASH
by Robert Taylor

A POWERFUL LIMITED EDITION DOCUMENTING ONE OF THE GREATEST AIR BATTLES OF WWII

14 January 1945; and the war was not going well for Germany. The noose was tightening as American, British and Canadian armies, having broken out from their Normandy landings seven months earlier, stood on the banks of the Rhine. In the east vast numbers of Russians were driving relentlessly towards Berlin. On their bomb-cratered airfields the Luftwaffe prepared for the final onslaught during the Defense of the Reich.

Despite the shock of Operation Bodenplatte on New Year’s Eve – the Luftwaffe’s unexpected yet unsuccessful attempt to wipe out the Allied air forces on their advanced airfields in the Low Countries – Germany had all but surrendered air superiority to the Allies. Today, therefore, was yet another gamble as they assembled some 200 fighters to counter nearly 900 Eighth Air Force bombers, and almost as many fighter escorts, tasked with destroying oil refineries, storage depots and other strategic targets in central Germany. For the Luftwaffe the day was to end in retreat and disaster; they lost 161 fighters, the highest number ever recorded. Never again would the once mighty Jagdverbänd rise in strength to challenge the Mighty Eighth.

Few artists can capture the ferocity of an aerial battle with the skill and ability of Robert Taylor, and this breath-taking painting will undoubtedly rank as one of the pinnacles in his long and distinguished career. He captures a moment during that massive aerial battle in January 1945 near Ludwigslust in northern Germany, as enemy fighters from JG300 and JG301 make a head-on attack through a close formation of B-17s from the 390th Bomb Group who are heading to bomb Magdeburg. But their ever-vigilant P-51 escorts are aware of the threat and quickly engage the enemy with devastating results.

In the centre of the action Flt Lt Joe Peterburs of the 20th Fighter Group screams past the Bf109G of Lt Bruno Klostermann from II./JG300 who is attempting to penetrate the bomber formation. Peterburs claimed an Fw190 during the battle, Klostermann, however, will not survive the day.

Overall Print Size: 32 ¼” wide x 24” high
Image Size: 25 ¾” wide x 16 ½” high

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