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Double Strike by Robert Taylor. - Cranston Fine Arts Aviation, Military and Naval Art
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Double Strike by Robert Taylor.


Double Strike by Robert Taylor.

Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - is the holiest day in the Hebrew calendar and in Israel is marked by a national holiday but on that day in 1973 the unexpected happened. At 14.00 hours on 6 October the coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israeli positions. Thousands of Egyptian troops swarmed across the Suez Canal into Israeli held Sinai whilst in the north nearly 1,500 Syrian tanks backed by artillery thrust west towards Israel. Facing this sudden surprise attack on the Golan Heights were less than 200 Israeli tanks. In the air, too, Egyptian and Syrian air forces struck in a single, co-ordinated assault hitting the Israeli anti-aircraft defences and hoping to deliver a fatal blow. Largely unprepared, Israel reeled however within hours it mobilised its fighting reserves and began a ferocious battle to stem the enemies advance. As Israeli tanks and infantry rushed to hold the front line and, in the north, push the enemy back, Israeli Air Force jets overhead fought a heroic battle to regain the initiative and control of the skies. It was grim work. Both Egyptian and Syrian forces were equipped with hundreds of Soviet-supplied SAM missiles but the tide of war was turning and a battered Israeli Air Force now went on the counter-offensive. And amongst their main targets were the heavily-defended Egyptian air bases that lay deep in the Nile delta. Robert Taylor's powerful and dramatic painting depicts one such strike that took place on 14 October 1973, half way through the war, when Israeli F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers made simultaneous strikes against the Egyptian air bases at Mansoura and Tanta north of Cairo. After the first wave struck the elite Egyptian MiG-21 units at El Mansoura, the other Phantom squadrons attacked Tanta in waves, turning to dog-fighting immediately after dropping their ordnance. Tanta was also home to two squadrons of Libyan Mirage 5s and the furious air battle that ensued involved countless fighter aircraft. Despite bitter opposition, the successful IAF missions eliminated much of the effectiveness of the Egyptian Air Force and its Libyan allies.
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Item Code : DHM6500Double Strike by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints.


Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 34 inches x 19 inches (86cm x 48cm) Nachumi, Amir
Egozy, Shlomo
Peled, Eitan
Ben-Nun, Avihu
Agmon, Yoram
Maimo, Naftali
Halotz, Dani
Feldsho, Yoel
Ben-Rom, Shamuel
Gordon, Shamuel
Shaki, Dani
Kanor, Zvi
Gurion, Amnon
Shani, Meir
Bakal, Uri
Ashael, Abraham
Amitay, Itzchak
Eyal, Achikar
Gal, Yehoar
David, Yair
Tovel, Eli
Bartov, Moshe
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £220
£210.00

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Other editions of this item : Double Strike by Robert Taylor. DHM6500
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 34 inches x 19 inches (86cm x 48cm) Nachumi, Amir
Egozy, Shlomo
Peled, Eitan
Ben-Nun, Avihu
Agmon, Yoram
Maimo, Naftali
Halotz, Dani
Feldsho, Yoel
Ben-Rom, Shamuel
Gordon, Shamuel
Shaki, Dani
Kanor, Zvi
Gurion, Amnon
Shani, Meir
Bakal, Uri
Ashael, Abraham
Amitay, Itzchak
Eyal, Achikar
Gal, Yehoar
David, Yair
Tovel, Eli
Bartov, Moshe
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £220
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Signatures on this item
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Brigadier General Abraham Ashael
*Signature Value : £10

Credited with 2 victories in the F-4 whilst flying with pilot Meir Shani, he later became a PoW after being shot down and wounded, losing a leg.


Brigadier General Amir Nachumi
*Signature Value : £10

One of the IAFs foremost Aces with 14 victories, 7 in the F-4 Phantom and 7 in the F-16. His notable missions include 4 MiG kills on his first combat mission on the opening day of the Yom Kippur war and Operation Opera, the F-16 strike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor.


Brigadier General Itzchak Amitay
*Signature Value : £10

Credited with 5 victories in the F-4 Phantom, including 3 in one day, he was only the third Navigator to become an Ace in the Phantom with the IAF.
Brigadier General Moshe Bartov
*Signature Value : £10

He was officially credited with at least one aerial victory whilst flying the Phantom.


Brigadier General Shamuel Ben-Rom
*Signature Value : £10

Officially credited with at least 2 victories in the F-4 Phantom, he scored 119 Squadron's first ever aerial victory in the Phantom.


Brigadier General Shlomo Egozy
*Signature Value : £10

He scored 10 victories, 2 in the Mirage and 8 in the F-4 Phantom, becoming Israel's second Phantom Ace, doing so in just two missions. He is the IAFs highest scoring F-4 Ace.


Brigadier General Uri Bakal
*Signature Value : £10

Whilst flying the Phantom he was on one occasion forced to eject after suffering a direct hit during a mission but managed to make it back to Israeli lines.


Brigadier General Yoel Feldsho
*Signature Value : £10

Scoring 4 victories, 1 in the F-4 Phantom and 3 in the F-15, he flew an F-15 on Operation Wooden Leg, the longest bombing mission ever staged (1280 miles) against the PLO HQ in Tunis in October 1985.


Brigadier General Yoram Agmon
*Signature Value : £10

An Ace with 6 ictories in total, 2 in the Mirage and 4 in the Phantom, he gained the IAFs first ever kill in the Mirage and the world's first victory over a MiG21.


Brigadier General Zvi Kanor
*Signature Value : £10

Officially credited with at least 2 victoires in the F-4, he scored 119 Squadron's first ever victory in the Phantom.


Colonel Amnon Gurion
*Signature Value : £10

Officially credited with 2 victories in the Phantom he spent much of his flying time with Navigator ace Itzchak Amitay as his back seater.


Colonel Dani Shaki
*Signature Value : £10

He scored 3 victories in the F-4 Phantom over Egyptian MiGs, all on his first combat mission when he and Amir Nachumi were the first two aircraft to scramble as the Yom Kippur war broke out.


Colonel Eitan Peled
*Signature Value : £10

An Ace with at least 6 victories, all in the F-4 Phantom, he was the fourth Israeli pilot to reach Ace status while flying the F-4.
Colonel Eli Tovel
*Signature Value : £10

Whilst flying as back seater on Phantoms he was on one occasion shot down by enemy fire and forced to eject, but was later recovered.


Colonel Naftali Maimo
*Signature Value : £10

Scoring 3 victories in the F-4, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, Israel's second highest award for his actions during the Tanta mission and later commanded an A-4 unit in the Lebanon war.


Colonel Shamuel Gordon
*Signature Value : £10

He scored at least 1 victory while flying the F-4 Phantom and was one of the first veteran Israeli Air Force pilots to transition to the F-16.


Colonel Yehoar Gal
*Signature Value : £10

Officially credited with 2 victories in the Phantom, he flew as back seater with pilots Eitan Peled and Dani Halotz.


Lieutenant Colonel Achikar Eyal
*Signature Value : £10

Credited with at least 1 victory in the F-4 Phantom, the frst aerial victory for the IAF in the Phantom, he later spent 3 years as a PoW in Egypt.


Lieutenant Colonel Yair David
*Signature Value : £10

He was shot down whilst flying the Phantom but was recovered after a daring Combat Search and Rescue mission.


Lieutenant General Dani Halotz
*Signature Value : £10

He scored 3 victories in the F-4 Phantom including 2 in a single day and went on to become the Israeli Air Force Commanding Officer between 2005 - 2007 and later the Army Chief of Staff.


Major General Avihu Ben-Nun
*Signature Value : £10

He scored at least 4 victories, 2 in the F-4 Phantom and 2 in the Mirage and went on to become the Commanding Officer of the Israeli Air Force between 1987 - 1992.


Major Meir Shani
*Signature Value : £10

He flew Phantoms with Abraham Ashael as his back seater and both were later shot down becoming PoWs.
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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