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Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor. - Cranston Fine Arts Aviation, Military and Naval Art
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Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor.

Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor.

A Soviet Yak 3 hurtles towards us in a typically daring head-on attack on a Bf109. Other Yaks wheel and turn frantically in search of the enemy. Casualties on both sides are evident. Away into the distant horizon stretches a vast Russian sky, painted in Roberts inimitable style: soon all will be quiet again until the next ferocious encounter.
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Item Code : DHM2167Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
PRINT Signed limited edition of 1250 prints.

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Paper size 33 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Steinhoff, Johannes
Vorozheikin, Arseny Vasilyevitch
Treshyov, Konstantin Mikhailovitch
Risso, Joseph
Phalle, Jacques de Saint
+ Artist : Robert Taylor

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Other editions of this item : Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor DHM2167
Limited edition of artist proofs. Paper size 33 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm) Only two copies available. Rall, Gunther
Steinhoff, Johannes
Vorozheikin, Arseny Vasilyevitch
Treshyov, Konstantin Mikhailovitch
Risso, Joseph
Phalle, Jacques de Saint
+ Artist : Robert Taylor

Signature(s) value alone : £355
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Signatures on this item

The signature of General Gunther Rall (deceased)

General Gunther Rall (deceased)
*Signature Value : £75

A young pilot with III/JG52 at the outbreak of war. He quickly demonstrated his natural ability and leadership qualities, scoring his first air victory early in the Battle of Britain, and by July 1940 was leading 8/JG52. After transfer to the Eastern Front his air victories mounted at an astonishing rate. A crash hospitalised him but within nine months he was back in the cockpit, and, when commanding III/JG52, gained the Wings 500th victory. Gunther fought throughout the war to become the 3rd highest Ace in history with 275 victories. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Gunther Rall was born on March 10, 1918 in the small Bavarian town of Gaggenau, Baden. Immersing himself in Boy Scout activities during the difficult economic times in Germany following WW 1, Rall finished school in 1936 and joined the German Army. Influenced by a friend, who was a young officer in the Luftwaffe, Rall entered pilots school in 1938. His initial posting was with JG52. He attained his first aerial victory during the Battle of France in May of 1940. During the Battle of Britain JG52 absorbed many casualties, and Rall was promoted to Squadron Commander at the young age of 22. With his fair-hair and smooth complexion the young officer looked even younger than his years. But behind this pleasant exterior was a fierce competitor with the heart of a tiger. Later, Ralls squadron would support the attack on Crete, followed by deployment to the Southern Sector on the Eastern Front. Ralls victory totals began to mount. Following his 37 th victory, GiInther was himself shot down. He was lucky to survive the crash, but with a badly broken back he would spend most of the next year in various hospitals. In Vienna at the University Hospital he would meet his future wife, Hertha. Miraculously, Rall recovered and returned to the Luftwaffe in August of 1942. By November his score exceeded 100 and he was awarded the Oak Leaves to accompany the Knights Cross he was awarded only weeks earlier. As the War progressed against Russia, Rall began to encounter ever more experienced Soviet pilots flying better performing aircraft. Despite this fact, and being shot down several more times himself, Ralls victory tally kept rising. By March of 1944 the ace had attained 273 aerial victories. With the War now going badly for Germany, Rall was transferred to the Western Front. He was able to attain only two more victories against the swarms of Allied bombers and fighter escorts which now pounded Germany every day and night. In May of 1944 Rall was shot down by a P-47. Losing his thumb in the battle he remained out of combat until later in 1944. Ralls final assignments included flying 190Ds as Kornmodore of JG300, and flying the Me-262 jet. Ralls 275 aerial victories (attained on less than 700 combat sorties) make him the third highest scoring ace of all time. If not for the down time suffered as a result of his broken back, Rall might have actually equaled or exceeded Erich Hartmanns alltime record of 352 aerial victories. Rall was not much for socializing during the War. He was a fierce competitor with a businessmans attitude about flying. He was an excellent marksman, and possibly the best deflection shot expert of the War. He continued to fly with the Bundeslufwaffe following the War, serving as its Commander-In Chief in 1970-74. Sadly Gunther Rall died on 4th October 2009.

General Johannes Steinhoff (deceased)
*Signature Value : £80

By early 1940 Macky Steinhoff was leading 4 / JG-52 during the Battle of Britain. He was then transferred to the eastern front where his success continued. In the final stages of the defence of the Reich he joined JV-44 flying the ME 262 in which he scored 6 victories before being seriously burned in a crash. He flew 939 missions scored 178 victories and was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak leaves and swords.

General Joseph Risso (deceased)
*Signature Value : £45

Born in Cardolive on the 23rd January 1920, Joseph Risso was first engaged in aviation in 1938, he entered the Caudron d'Ambérieu pilot school the same year. In 1939-1940, he finished his education at the school of Istres. After the armistice of 1940, he escaped from Nouvion (today El Ghomri, Algeria) aboard a Simoun to join Gibraltar. After a forced landing at La Línea , he succeeded in rallying the FFL in Gibraltar and then in England. Joseph Risso joined the RAF in 1940. Flying Hurricanes with 253 squadron, he later took part in Turbin-light night fighter operations over the North Sea. In March 1943 Joseph Risso was one of the first batch of 14 pilots to take part in air operations over the Russian front with the first Normandie-Niemen Squadron. Joseph Risso was one of the very first elements of the hunting group 3 Normandy. He arrived in the USSR at Ivanovo in October 1942 and remained in that unit until 1948. Only three of these first pilots survived the war. Joseph Risso flew over 600 missions and scored 11 victories. He was decorated by France and the Soviet Union. He then held numerous positions in the Air Force; He was assigned to the General Staff of the 5th RA in Algiers, the {11th} Fighter Squadron (2nd in command), to the 13th All-Weather Fighter Squadron (Commander). He was also an auditor at the NATO Defense College and subsequently assigned to the Directorate of Military Security . After a visit to the Center for Advanced Military Studies and the Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense, he headed the Air Defense Operations Center at Taverny as a brigadier general. Sadly Joseph died 24th November 2005 at the age of 85.
Lieutenant General Arseny Vasilyevitch Vorozheikin (deceased)
*Signature Value : £55

Lieutenant General Arseny Vasilyevitch Vorozheikin was born on October 28, 1912 in Prokofievka village, now Gorodetsky district of Nizhny Novgorod region in a peasant family. Russian. A member of the CPSU (B) / Communist Party since 1932. Joined the Red Army in 1931-1933 and since 1934. In 1937, he graduated from the Kharkov Military Aviation School of Pilots. He participated in battles at the Khalkhin-Gol in 1939, had 30 air battles, shot down six Japanese planes (during one of the fights, seriously injured spinal cord, was invalided out of the army, but despite this, he returned into the unit). During the Soviet-Finnish War of 1939-40 - Air squadron commander. In 1942, he graduated from the Air Force Academy. On the Great Patriotic War fronts since 1942. He participated in battles at the Kalinin, Voronezh (renamed in the 1st Ukrainian on October 20, 1943) Fronts. Fighting in the ranks of the 2nd Air Army, by January 1944, Squadron of the 728th Fighter Aviation Regiment (the 256th Fighter Air Division, the 5th Fighter Air Corps) Captain Arseny Vorozheikin made 78 sorties and personally destroyed 19 enemy planes participating in 32 air battles. By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on February 4, 1944 for courage and heroism in the battles against the Nazi invaders, Arseny Vorozheikin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (? 2043). By mid-summer of 1944, Squadron commander Vorozheikin carried out 28 sorties; participated in 14 air battles, in which he personally shot down 11 enemy planes. In total a fighter pilot, A. Vorozheykin made about 400 combat sorties, shot down 52 enemy planes in person (of which 6 – at the Khalkhin-Gol) and 14 in the group. He got three injuries. In July 1944, he was appointed commander of the 32nd Fighter Regiment. By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on August 19, 1944 Captain Arseny Vorozheikin was awarded the second Gold Star medal (? 28). Since 1944, A. Vorozheikin – a senior training pilot of the Combat Training tactical aircraft. After the war, commanded the famous Soviet ace aviation regiment, division, and was the first deputy commander of the Black Sea fleet air defense. In 1952, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff. He mastered many types of jet aircraft, including the La-15, the Yak-15 the Yak-17, the MiG-15, and the MiG-17. Since 1957, Major General of Aviation, A. Vorozheikin - in reserve, and then retired. He lived in Moscow, was engaged in literary pursuits. Died on May 23, 2001. He was buried in Moscow at Troekurov cemetery.
Lieutenant Jacques de Saint Phalle (deceased)
*Signature Value : £50

Escaping occupied France in 1942. Jacques was smuggled to England by American embassy staff in Madrid. Desperate to join the Free French Air Force he failed to tell his superiors that he never flown before! Volunteering quickly to fly in Russia. He was never found out. Arriving on the eastern front in late 1943 he flew 100 missions with the Normandie Niemen. Although de Saint Phalle himself flew more than 100 missions he had only one confirmed kill, shooting down an Fw 190. His own Yak fighter had already been riddled with bullets and he was forced to crash-land as he saw his enemy's plane explode. In 1945 Jacques joined Air France and completed 30 years service retiring as a senior 747 Captain. Passed away 15th June 2010.
Major General Konstantin Mikhailovitch Treshyov
*Signature Value : £50

On 22nd June 1941major general Treshyou took off on a alert at 3.45pm – 15 minutes before the war officially began. During that first day he made 12 combat missions and in pair with his flight leader, downed two enemy planes. Maj. Gen Treshyou fought over Leningrad, Stalingrad, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague. He flew 556 combat missions, scored 28 victories and was decorated hero of the Soviet Union.
The Aircraft :
Me109Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.
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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