The world’s premier aviation artist commemorates the Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain, fought between 10 July and 31 October 1940, will be remembered as one of the most important battles ever fought, a moment of such importance in British history that it ranks comfortably alongside those of Agincourt and Waterloo. It was a titanic struggle that, all agreed, pitted the best pilots in the world against each other and with such famous names as Douglas Bader and Adolf Galland, Bob Stanford-Tuck, Peter Townsend and Werner Mölders involved you not only had to be good to survive, but lucky.
As part of his long legacy in portraying scenes from the Battle of Britain, Robert Taylor, who personally knew and was friends with many of the leading protagonists involved, has created this beautiful work titled Eagles of the West. As if to confirm his reputation as the world’s leading aviation artist, on this occasion Robert features the Luftwaffe’s leading Battle of Britain Ace – Helmut Wick. Recently promoted Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG2 ‘Richthofen’, Wick is seen leading a group of Bf109s back to their base in Normandy following a sweep over the English Channel and Normandy coast during the closing stages of the battle.
Providing a fitting backdrop to Wick and his Bf109s is the magical island of Mont-Saint- Michel, the most famous landmark on the French coast, whose ancient abbey, built by the Normans many centuries before, has witnessed many invading armies come and go. Now radiant in the early evening sunlight in a style that only Robert can capture, the abbey’s soaring gravity-defying walls will, in time, once again witness the passing of the current conflict and those, like Wick, whose time was fleeting. Following a further promotion to Major not long after and appointed Geschwaderkommodore of JG2 – the youngest Luftwaffe officer to hold such a position – Wick’s luck ran out. On 28 November 1940, a few weeks after the battle had ended, he was shot down and killed in an encounter with Spitfires near the Isle of Wight.
Overall print size: 24” wide x 18” high
Image size: 19 ½” wide x 13” high
Complementing Robert’s work and adding great historic interest for collectors, every print in the edition carries the original signatures of some of the most famous Luftwaffe Aces who fought in the Battle of Britain. This is likely to be a landmark edition from the world’s most collected aviation artist with a line-up of signatories that will never be repeated. Although sadly no longer with us, their names remain a powerful reminder of the mighty force that went into battle with the best of Fighter Command.
The Limited Edition
Every print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, together with three highly-regarded Luftwaffe Aces who flew during the Battle of Britain:
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords / 275 victories
Leutnant HERMANN NEUHOFF
Knight’s Cross / 40 victories
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords / 222 victories
The Collector’s Edition & Artist Proofs
Each print in these historic editions includes the autographs of a further two famous Bf109 veterans. All five of the signatories reached Ace status before the end of the war, together clocking up many thousands of flying hours in combat and between them amassed over 535 victories:
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
Knight’s Cross / 60 victories
Oberstleutnant HUGO DAHMER
Knight’s Cross / 57 victories
The Luftwaffe Tribute Edition
Including an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING and THIRTEEN signatures!
With all components of the Collector’s Edition, each print in this highly-restricted version is issued with an exquisite original pencil drawing, specially created for the occasion by Robert Taylor, which is signed by no less than five famous Luftwaffe fighter pilots:
Oberstleutnant HEINZ MARQUARDT
Knight’s Cross / 121 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM
Knight’s Cross / 137 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves / 206 victories
Unteroffizier OTTOMAR KRUSE
Iron Cross / 2 victories
Feldwebel OSKAR BÖSCH
Iron Cross 1st & 2nd Class / 18 victories
Each of these stunning works of art is then conservation matted to include museum-quality reproduction miniature Knight’s Cross and Luftwaffe cap eagle, along with the original autographs of a further three famous Luftwaffe Aces including the legendary pilot depicted in Eagles of the West:
Major HELMUT WICK
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves / 56 victories
Major FRITZ LOSIGKEIT
Knight’s Cross / 68 victories
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds / 104 victories
Matted tribute approx.: 17 ¼” wide x 16” high
The Legacy Remarques
For the first time ever, we’re delighted to offer ground-breaking Legacy Remarques on a new release. Robert’s talented son, Richard Taylor, will create a specially hand-drawn Remarque in the lower border of the print.
These are available to be ordered in ‘Double’ and ‘Quad’ sizes.