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The Hard Way Home by Robert Taylor.


The Hard Way Home by Robert Taylor.

The Battle of Britain had been won by the young fighter pilots of Fighter Command, but now it fell to another band of young men to wage total warfare against the Nazi war machine - the aircrew of RAF Bomber Command. And like the fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain, the young men who flew with Bomber Command came not just from Britain, but from all over the Commonwealth, and from the countries of occupied mainland Europe. Every man was a volunteer, prepared to endure the deadly flak and prowling night fighters, to say nothing of the savage and bitter cold, in order to wage their relentless attack on the military and industrial targets of the Third Reich. The aircraft that carried these young men to war were numerous, but bearing the brunt of the RAFs incessant campaign were two heavy bombers, the stalwarts of Bomber Command - the Lancaster and the Halifax. Between them they accounted for over three quarters of all the bombs dropped by the RAF, and Halifaxes alone accounted for a total of 73,312 operations, nearly a fifth of all missions carried out by Bomber Command.
Item Code : DHM1987The Hard Way Home by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 400 prints.

Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Irons, Harry
Godfrey, Laurie
Carter, Eric
Nawarski, Stanislaw
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : The Hard Way Home by Robert Taylor. DHM1987
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Collectors edition of 25 artist proofs.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Irons, Harry
Godfrey, Laurie
Carter, Eric
Nawarski, Stanislaw
Sayer, Tom
Williamson, Frank
Mottershead, Bluey
Morrison, John
Walker, Frank
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Gough, Harry
Evans, John
Thompson, Sam
Holiday, Matt
Bell, William
Taussig, Kurt
Elkington, John
Neil, Tom
Ryll, Stefan
Cleaver, Reg
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £460
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PRINT RCAF edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Edwards, J F Stocky
Warren, Douglas
Bowles, Edward
Cleaver, Reg
Curnock, Richard
Hewitt, Ian
Oakeby, Henry
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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PRINT Collectors limited edition of 250 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Irons, Harry
Godfrey, Laurie
Carter, Eric
Nawarski, Stanislaw
Sayer, Tom
Williamson, Frank
Mottershead, Bluey
Morrison, John
Walker, Frank
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Gough, Harry
Evans, John
Thompson, Sam
Holiday, Matt
Bell, William
Taussig, Kurt
Elkington, John
Neil, Tom
Ryll, Stefan
Cleaver, Reg
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £460
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PRINT RCAF limited edition of 250 prints. Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Edwards, J F Stocky
Warren, Douglas
Bowles, Edward
Cleaver, Reg
Curnock, Richard
Hewitt, Ian
Oakeby, Henry
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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PRINT Original pencil tribute edition of 10 proofs.

Supplied with a matted original pencil drawing - full matted size 20 inches x 19 inches (51cm x 48cm)
Paper size 35 inches x 23 inches (89cm x 58cm) Image size 29 inches x 16 inches (74cm x 41cm) Irons, Harry
Godfrey, Laurie
Carter, Eric
Nawarski, Stanislaw
Sayer, Tom
Williamson, Frank
Mottershead, Bluey
Morrison, John
Walker, Frank
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Gough, Harry
Evans, John
Thompson, Sam
Holiday, Matt
Bell, William
Taussig, Kurt
Elkington, John
Neil, Tom
Ryll, Stefan
Cleaver, Reg
Bressloff, Boris
Briggs, Graham
Clarke, Eric
Cox, George
Glendinning, Harry
Joss, Douglas
Lasham, Bob
Leksinski, Rudolf
Levy, Harry
Manning, Reg
Petrie-Andrews, John
Smith, Ron
Thomas, Ken
Bennett, Donald (matted on companion print)
Cheshire, Leonard (matted on companion print)
Jackson, Norman (matted on companion print)
Learoyd, Roderick (matted on companion print)
Reid, Bill (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Lt Stanislaw Nawarski DFC KM
*Signature Value : £30

Polish pilot Stanislaw Nawwarski flew with the French Air Force, but escaped to England after the fall of France in 1940 and joined the RAF. Just prior to the Battle of Britain he was injured after being shot down whilst ferrying an unarmed Hurricane. In 1941, back in action, he was posted to 302 Polish Squadron flying Spitfires. He flew Spitfires om D-Day and throughout the subsequent Allied advance through Normandy, scoring four victories, all Me109s.


Warrant Officer Eric Carter
*Signature Value : £25

Initially posted to 615 Squadron flying Hurricanes, Eric was then posted to 81 Squadron, again on Hurricanes. In the autumn of 1941 he accompanied the squadron on HMS Argus to Russia as part of Force Benedict, a clandestine operation to defend the strategically important Russian port of Murmansk. As well as operational patrols the squadron escorted Russian bomber missions.


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 Laurie Godfrey
*Signature Value : £10

As a WOP/Air Gunner he joining 408 Sqn, only the second RCAF squadron formed overseas, serving on first Halifaxes and Lancasters completing 32 operations.
The Aircraft :
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HalifaxRoyal Air Force heavy Bomber with a crew of six to eight. Maximum speed of 280mph (with MK.VI top speed of 312mph) service ceiling of 22,800feet maximum range of 3,000 miles. The Halifax carried four .303 browning machine guns in the tail turret, two .303 browning machines in the nose turret in the MK III there were four .303 brownings in the dorsal turret. The Handley Page Halifax, first joined the Royal Air Force in March 1941 with 35 squadron. The Halifax saw service in Europe and the Middle east with a variety of variants for use with Coastal Command, in anti Submarine warfare, special duties, glider-tugs, and troop transportation roles. A total of 6177 Halifax's were built and stayed in service with the Royal Air Force until 1952
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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