Valiant Response

The Hardest Days

Robert Taylor

 

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ANNOUNCING THE THIRD AND FINAL RELEASE IN ROBERT TAYLOR'S TRILOGY TO COMMEMORATE THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Valiant Response Robert Taylor

The Supermarine Spitfires of 54 Squadron, quickly scrambled from nearby Hornchurch, clash with the Messerschmitt Me109s from 1./JG51 over Kent. below, Messerschmitt Me110s from KPRG210 are about to receive unwelcome attention as the rest of the Supermarine Spitfires hurtle down upon them and in the distance, a group of Hawkwer Hurricanes rip through a dense formation of Do17s from KG76 as they struggle back to France. What clouds there are will be unlikely to give much sanctuary and, for the onlookers on the ground far below, the skies will soon be filled with weaving trails of smoke and debris.

For nearly a week the Luftwaffe had thrown everything they had into the attack on southern England in order to annihilate RAF Fighter Command, in preparation for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain. And, heavily outnumbered, the young RAF SupermarSpitfire and Hurricane pilots of Fighter Command had so far repelled them, at a cost.

But on Sunday 18 August 1940, the Germans launched the heaviest formations of aircraft seen in the battle so far. This was to be a grinding day of relentless assaults on the airfields of southern England, the ‘hardest day’ of the Battle of Britain.

Robert Taylor has chosen this crucial day to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in his new, much acclaimed, Hardest Days Trilogy. Valiant Response is the third and final edition in the series, continuing the events depicted in the first two releases 'Air Armada' and 'Hornchurch Scramble' and Taylor has skillfully portrayed the scene as the ‘hardest day’ reaches its climax in the late afternoon.

Prints of Valiant Response are signed by veterans who bravely flew and fought in those crucial days of the Battle of Britain. As the 70th Anniversary year of one of the most pivotal battles in history, this release presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of Robert Taylor’s great aviation masterpieces.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE LIMITED EDITION

Each print is personally hand signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and additionally signed by three distinguished RAF pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain.

Flight Lieutenant RICHARD C. JONES
Squadron Leader DOUG NICHOLLS DFC
Flying Officer KEN WILKINSON

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS

With all the components of ‘The Limited Edition’, the Anniversary Edition has been additionally signed by Nine RAF and Luftwaffe Battle of Britain veterans

Flight Lieutenant BENJAMIN BENT DFC
Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD AFC
Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM J. CORBIN DFC
Wing Commander JOHN ‘TIM’ ELKINGTON
Flight Lieutenant TREVOR GRAY
Squadron Leader KEITH LAWRENCE DFC
Flight Lieutenant ROBIN LUCAS
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER
General JOHANNES STEINHOFF

THE TRIBUTE EDITION

This wonderful Twenty signature edition is released with all the components of the Anniversary Edition, plus every print is accompanied by an Original Battle of Britain pencil drawing by the world’s premier aviation artist, Robert Taylor. Two RAF veterans have joined the artist in signing each drawing, which has been conservation matted to include the original signatures of six legendary figures who flew in the Battle of Britain, including two of the highest scoring pilots of the conflict.

Flight Lieutenant MICHAEL CROSKELL
Warrant Officer DAVID DENCHFIELD
Squadron Leader JAMES ‘GINGER’ LACEY DFM*
Major HEINZ LANGE
Major FRITZ LOSIGKEIT
Major GERHARD SCHÖPFEL
Generalleutnant HANNES TRAUTLOFT
Major HELMUT WICK

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33"x 25 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Matted Pencil Drawing size: 17" x 20"

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Edition
UK £200.00 Edition Size - 450 (Three Signatures)

The Anniversary Edition
UK £265.00 Edition Size - 350 (Twelve Signatures)

The Anniversary Edition Artist Proof
UK £375.00 Edition Size - 25 (Twelve Signatures)

The Tribute Edition
UK £2595.00 Edition Size - 10 (Twenty Signatures)

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