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Night Attack on the Newcastle by Robert Taylor. - Cranston Fine Arts Aviation, Military and Naval Art
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Night Attack on the Newcastle by Robert Taylor.

Night Attack on the Newcastle by Robert Taylor.

Hit and run attacks by fast moving German E-Boats were a constant threat to vital Allied shipping in the Mediterranean during the second World War. Often made under cover of darkness, these fast, highly manoeuvrable craft would speed through a convoy, release their torpedoes, and disappear into the night. During the night of 15 June 1942 German E-Boats of the 3rd Flotilla left their Eastern Mediterranean base at Derna to intercept an Allied convoy bound for the island of Malta. Shortly after midnight, under the command of Leutnant Seigfried Wuppermann, the motor torpedo boat S-56 slipped past two Royal Navy escort destroyers to make a stern attack on the British cruiser HMS Newcastle. Alerted to the incoming attack, suddenly a searchlight at Newcastles foremast switched on, illuminating S-56 from stem to stern. Reacting quickly, Wuppermann fired two torpedoes in quick succession from 600 yards, and turned hard to starboard to make good his escape. A second searchlight aboard Newcastle pin-pointed S-56, but by then it was too late. Travelling at 33 knots, under fire from the escorts, S-56 threw out a smoke screen and released depth charges as a distraction, and disappeared into the darkness. Robert Taylors action packed painting shows S-56 some thirty seconds after release of her torpedoes, as the first explodes against the hull of HMS Newcastle. The second will strike a few seconds later. The cruiser, though badly damaged, limped back to Alexandria.
Item Code : DHM2259Night Attack on the Newcastle by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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Paper size 26 inches x 20 inches (66cm x 51cm) Leach, Henry
Baber, John
Marriott, Wilfred
Deakin, Arthur
Stant, Rupert
+ Artist : Robert Taylor

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The signature of Able Seaman Wilfred Marriott RN

Able Seaman Wilfred Marriott RN
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Wilfred Marriott joined the Royal Navy in May 1941 and his first ship was HMS Newcastle, Trained on Newcastle as a torpedo man, he served on the ship throughout the Mediterranean. After the attack upon her by German E-boats, he remained with the ship to New York for repairs, and stayed with the Newcastle until the end of the war.

The signature of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach GCB DL (deceased)

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach GCB DL (deceased)
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Serving throughout World War II, Henry Leach was a young Lieutenant in the forward 14” turret of HMS Duke of York during the sinking of the German Battleship Scharnhorst. From 1953-55 he was Gunnery Officer of HMS Newcastle, and is a Patron of the Newcastle Association. He commanded the destroyer Dunkirk, was Frigate Squadron Leader in Galatea, the carrier Albion, and became first Sea Lord, and Chief of Naval staff in 1979. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, who died on April 26th 2011 aged 87, was First Sea Lord during the Falklands war and is credited with persuading Margaret Thatcher that the islands could be regained by military means.
The signature of Chief Petty Officer Rupert Stant RN

Chief Petty Officer Rupert Stant RN
*Signature Value : £20

After escaping from Singapore, Rupert joined HMS Newcastle in Ceylon, in March 1942. He was a Chief Petty Officer in charge of the forward engine Room at the time of the E-boat attack, and after the initial repairs in Aden, stayed with the ship on her voyage to America. He remained with the Newcastle until April 1946.
The signature of Lieutenant John Baber RNVR

Lieutenant John Baber RNVR
*Signature Value : £15

One of the HMS Newcastle’s crew on the night of 14/15th June 1942. Posted to HMS Newcastle in January 1942, he was one of the three lookouts alongside the ship’s open Bridge, and his action station was in the cordite chamber under ‘Y’ turret. Later he was commissioned in early 1943, and served with Coastal forces, carrying out sweeps in the channel against E-boats and armed trawlers.
The signature of Signalman Arthur Deakin RN

Signalman Arthur Deakin RN
*Signature Value : £15

Joining the Royal Navy in April 1941, HMS Newcastle was Arthur’s first ship and he joined her in January 1942. He served as a Signalman on the ship’s flag deck and Brigade, and was returning there when the torpedo struck. He eventually left the Newcastle in Mombassa in July 1942.
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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