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Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor. - Cranston Fine Arts Aviation, Military and Naval Art
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Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor.


Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor.

Sometimes it was five, every so often it might be six, occasionally it was three, but usually it was seven men who flew together as a crew with RAF Bomber Command. They formed the closest of bonds, forged through an anvil of freezing temperatures, deadly flak and prowling night-fighters but, with an average age of only 22, their odds of survival were slim. By 1943 the life expectancy for bomber aircrew was just 5 missions - only one in six were expected to survive their first tour of 30 operations. The chances of surviving a second tour were even slimmer. Of the 125,000 men who flew with Bomber Command during World War II, more than 55,000 were killed. Whilst the 'Few' of Fighter Command had undoubtedly defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, it was the 'Many' of Bomber Command who were to play the pivotal role in delivering to the Allies ultimate victory in Europe. But it came at a terrible cost: on one raid alone - the Nuremberg raid of 30th/31st March 1944 - 543 aircrew were killed, more than Fighter Command lost during the entire Battle of Britain. Robert Taylor's evocative new painting is a moving tribute to these men of Bomber Command. As the setting sun casts a golden glow, a group of Lancasters from 576 Squadron gather into formation after departing from their Lincolnshire base at the start of a raid into Germany in late 1944. The lead aircraft UL-I (LM227) was one of only a handful of Lancasters to complete 100 operational sorties. Between them the pilots of Bomber Command won 23 Victoria Crosses during WWII, and countless others were highly decorated for courage and commitment. Several of these veterans have now joined together to sign this commemorative limited edition to honour all those who served with Bomber Command. They include some of the RAF's most inspirational leaders - men such as James 'Tirpitz&;39; Tait, who was awarded no less than four DSOs to become one of the most highly decorated RAF airmen of WWII. Although sadly no longer with us, we are privileged that he was able to personally sign the prints during his lifetime, creating a truly historic collectors edition.
Item Code : DHM6301Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 200 prints.

Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall size 24.5 inches x 19 inches (63cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 125
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Other editions of this item : Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor. DHM6301
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Collectors edition of 25 artist proofs.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall size 24.5 inches x 19 inches (63cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
Tait, J B
Langston, John
Iveson, Tony
Tilley, F L
Bradford, Stan
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 285
£90 Off!
Supplied with one or more free art prints!
Now : £275.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTCollectors edition of 100 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall size 24.5 inches x 19 inches (63cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
Tait, J B
Langston, John
Iveson, Tony
Tilley, F L
Bradford, Stan
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 285
£90 Off!
Supplied with one or more free art prints!
Now : £225.00VIEW EDITION...
PRESENTATIONVictoria Cross edition of 25 prints. Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall matted size 27 inches x 24 inches (69cm x 61cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
Tait, J B
Langston, John
Iveson, Tony
Tilley, F L
Bradford, Stan
Jackson, Norman (matted)
Reid, Bill (matted)
Learoyd, Roderick (matted)
Cheshire, Leonard (matted)
Trent, Leonard (matted)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 635
£695.00VIEW EDITION...
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REMARQUECollectors edition of 15 remarques. Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall size 24.5 inches x 19 inches (63cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
Tait, J B
Langston, John
Iveson, Tony
Tilley, F L
Bradford, Stan
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 285
£795.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUECollectors edition of 5 double remarques. Image size 19.5 inches x 13 inches (50cm x 33cm) Overall size 24.5 inches x 19 inches (63cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Irons, Harry
McGillivray, Jim
Johnson, Ken
Copus, James
Tait, J B
Langston, John
Iveson, Tony
Tilley, F L
Bradford, Stan
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : 285
£1285.00VIEW EDITION...
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Signatures on this item
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Flight Sergeant Jim McGillivray
*Signature Value : £15

Having completed training as a Rear Gunner he as posted to 115 Sqn serving on 12 Ops on Lancasters from Autumn 1944 until the end of the war.


The signature of Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM

Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM
*Signature Value : £40

Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.


Warrant Officer Harry Irons DFC
*Signature Value : £25

Joining the RAF at the age of 16 in 1940, he did 2 full tours as a Rear Gunner with 9 Squadron and took part in nearly all the famous raids of Bomber Command. He finished in 1945 at 158 Squadron flying Halifaxes.


Warrant Officer James Copus
*Signature Value : £15

Joined the RAF in 1940 on Lancasters with 97 Sqn Pathfinders. He baled out on a bombing raid over Hanover and was captured and taken PoW and interned at Stalag Luft I.


Warrant Officer Ken Johnson
*Signature Value : £30

As a Mid-Upper Gunner he flew on Lancasters with 9 and 61 Squadrons taking part in many raids including the final attack to sink the Tirpitz in November 1944 along with attacks on Berchtesgaden, Hitlers alpine home.
The Aircraft :
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LancasterThe Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.
Artist Details : Robert Taylor
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Robert Taylor

The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularise a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike . He became an instant success. As a boy, Robert seemed always to have a pencil in his hand. Aware of his natural gift from an early age, he never considered a career beyond art, and with unwavering focus, set out to achieve his goal. Leaving school at fifteen, he has never worked outside the world of art. After two years at the Bath School of Art he landed a job as an apprentice picture framer with an art gallery in Bath, the city where Robert has lived and worked all his life. Already competent with water-colours the young apprentice took every opportunity to study the works of other artists and, after trying his hand at oils, quickly determined he could paint to the same standard as much of the art it was his job to frame. Soon the gallery was selling his paintings, and the owner, recognising Roberts talent, promoted him to the busy picture-restoring department. Here, he repaired and restored all manner of paintings and drawings, the expertise he developed becoming the foundation of his career as a professional artist. Picture restoration is an exacting skill, requiring the ability to emulate the techniques of other painters so as to render the damaged area of the work undetectable. After a decade of diligent application, Robert became one of the most capable picture restorers outside London. Today he attributes his versatility to the years he spent painstakingly working on the paintings of others artists. After fifteen years at the gallery, by chance he was introduced to Pat Barnard, whose military publishing business happened also to be located in the city of Bath. When offered the chance to become a full-time painter, Robert leapt at the opportunity. Within a few months of becoming a professional artist, he saw his first works in print. Roberts early career was devoted to maritime paintings, and he achieved early success with his prints of naval subjects, one of his admirers being Lord Louis Mountbatten. He exhibited successfully at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and soon his popularity attracted the attention of the media. Following a major feature on his work in a leading national daily newspaper he was invited to appear in a BBC Television programme. This led to a string of commissions for the Fleet Air Arm Museum who, understandably, wanted aircraft in their maritime paintings. It was the start of Roberts career as an aviation artist. Fascinated since childhood by the big, powerful machines that man has invented, switching from one type of hardware to another has never troubled him. Being an artist of the old school, Robert tackled the subject of painting aircraft with the same gusto as with his large, action-packed maritime pictures - big compositions supported by powerful and dramatic skies, painted on large canvases. It was a formula new to the aviation art genre, at the time not used to such sweeping canvases, but one that came naturally to an artist whose approach appeared to have origins in an earlier classical period. Roberts aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real! Roberts aviation works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His one-man exhibition at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC was hailed as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the worlds great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world. A family man with strong Christian values, Robert devotes most of what little spare time he has to his home life. Married to Mary for thirty five years, they have five children, all now grown up. Neither fame nor fortune has turned his head. He is the same easy-going, gentle character he was when setting out on his painting career all those years ago, but now with a confidence that comes with the knowledge that he has mastered his profession.

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