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Against All Odds by Robert Taylor.


Against All Odds by Robert Taylor.

Robert Taylors painting protrays the renowned defiance of the U-Boat crews. Caught on the surface by a PBY Catalina the gun crews of a type VIIc U-Boat are quickly into action. The 3.7cm anti-aircraft gun is hurriedly reloaded while on the upper platform the two 2cm anti-aircraft twins take chunks out of the Catalinas tail - enough damage to secure a respite from the attack. Soon they will dive to relative safety beneath the Atlantic swell.
Item Code : DHM2119Against All Odds by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 450 prints (numbered 251 - 700 of 700)

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Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Landfermann, Karl-August
Muhlbauer, Rudolf
Schroeteler, Heinrich
Witte, Helmut
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Against All Odds by Robert Taylor DHM2119
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Limited edition of 45 artist proofs (numbered 26 - 70 of 70)

Last copy of this sold out edition.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Landfermann, Karl-August
Muhlbauer, Rudolf
Schroeteler, Heinrich
Witte, Helmut
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £285
£150 Off!
Supplied with one or more free art prints!
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ARTIST
PROOF
Limited edition of 25 artist proofs (numbered 1 - 25 of 70)

Last 3 copies of this sold out edition.

Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Bielig, Gerhard
Franke, Heinz
Koitschka, Siegfried
Landfermann, Karl-August
Muhlbauer, Rudolf
Schroeteler, Heinrich
Witte, Helmut
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £465
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 250 prints (numbered 1 - 250 of 700)

Last 3 copies of this sold out edition.

Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Bielig, Gerhard
Franke, Heinz
Koitschka, Siegfried
Landfermann, Karl-August
Muhlbauer, Rudolf
Schroeteler, Heinrich
Witte, Helmut
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £465
£380.00VIEW EDITION...
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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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The signature of Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Schroeteler (deceased)

Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Schroeteler (deceased)
*Signature Value : £75

Heinrich Schroeteler was born 10th December 1915, joining the Navy in 1936 and transferring from minesweepers to u-boats in September 1941. A year later he commissioned U-667, taking the u-boat on four patrols before taking up several training posts. In February 1945 he returned to u-boats, commanding U-1023 for a few months before surrendering U-1023 in the UK, spending three years in captivity. Heinrich Schroeteler was awarded the Knights Cross. He died 19th January 2000.


The signature of Kapitanleutnant Karl-August Landfermann (deceased)

Kapitanleutnant Karl-August Landfermann (deceased)
*Signature Value : £60

Landfermann was one of the leading engineering officers on U-Boats. Serving on U-181 he made the second longest patrol in U-Boat history - 206 days. Shortly afterwards he received his Knights Cross, on 27th October 1943. Died 18th November 2003.


The signature of Korveitenkapitan Helmut Witte (deceased)

Korveitenkapitan Helmut Witte (deceased)
*Signature Value : £85

Born 6th April 1915 - Died 3rd October 2005. Helmut Witte joined the Kriegsmarine in 1934, joining the submarine force in July 1940 after serving on several vessels including the cruiser Koln, destroyer Z-22 and a number of torpedo boats. After training with U-Boats, he joined U-107 until July 1941. Three months later he was given command of U-159 for four patrols before leaving this boat in June 1943.


The signature of Oberbootsmannsmaat Rudolf Muhlbauer (deceased)

Oberbootsmannsmaat Rudolf Muhlbauer (deceased)
*Signature Value : £65

Knights Cross 10th December, 1944. Muhlbauer was perhaps the most outstanding bridge watch look-out of World War II. He served on both U-123 and later on U-170. He was taken POW in England at the close of hostilities. Died 26th March 2000.
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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