Wings of Glory

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Wings of Glory Robert Taylor

"Achtung Spitfire!! Achtung Spitfire!!" The shrill, nerve-tingling words screamed over the intercoms that never failed to bring fear and trepidation to the Luftwaffe bomber crews, and a rush of adrenalin in the German fighter pilots. More than any fighter in the history of aerial combat the Supermarine Spitfire has set aviators' emotions racing. And, after 65 years, she ..does to this day!

Like her great adversary, the Messerschmitt Mel09, the Supermarine Spitfire gained legendary status, both fighters becoming timeless symbols of the opposing nations that contested the skies of Europe during World War II. Drawing first blood in the Battle of Britain, their six-year duel continued without interruption till the end of the war. Being directly descended from Mitchell's pre-war, all- conquering Supermarine racing seaplanes, the little all-metal fighter arrived in the RAF squadrons in 1939 - just in the nick of time! Only 9 squadrons had received their gleaming new Spitfires at the outbreak of war, 19 squadrons being operational at the outset of the Battle of Britain.

Distinctive with its thin, aero-dynamically advanced elliptical wings and the unmistakable roar of its 12- cylinder Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, this graceful, agile, fighter was from the start, close to the perfect fighting machine. So fine was the Spitfire's design no fewer than 40 variants were developed, more than any other British fighter in history. Unlike its Messerschmitt Me109 rival, which sprouted bulges, bumps, and cowls in its quest for performance, the Spitfire grew ever more sleek and beautiful with each step in her illustrious career. In her final cloak she was a masterpiece.

Robert Taylor's spellbinding painting, Wings of Glory, paying tribute to Mitchell's immortal fighter, features the Mk XIX Spitfire of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Powered by the Rolls-Royce Griffin engine providing maximum speed of 450 mph and a 44,000 feet operating ceiling, this lovingly restored aircraft thrills generations of aviation enthusiasts with her spectacular aerobatics at Europe's summer airshows.
Captured here in a magnificent study by the world's foremost aviation artist, this most beautiful of fighters gives a virtuoso performance; high among the clouds, alone in her magical element, she dances an aerial ballet like no other could.

 

 

PRINT DETAILS

The Wings of Glory print by Robert Taylor, represents outstanding value for money with additional companion prints and free book offer included with the main print.

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

Joining the artist Robert Taylor, the collectors edition is authenticated by Four distinguished Supermarine Spitfire pilots. Each print is also accompanied with matching numbered companion print "Spitfire Sortie" and a free copy of Robert Taylor's Masterworks collection book.

Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE
Wing Commander JOHN FREEBORN
Chief Test Pilot ALEX HENSHAW
Squadron Leader BASIL STAPLETON

Spitfire Sortie Robert Taylor
Spitfire Sortie. Print size 16 1/4 x 13 1/2"

 

Masterworks Collection Robert Taylor
Masterworks Collection Book

 

PORTFOLIO EDITION

With all the components of the Collectors Edition, the Portfolio Edition is additionally signed by, Air Commodore PETER BROTHERS and is also accompanied with a further companion print entitled, "Hurricane Victory"

Hurricane Victory Robert Taylor

Hurricane Victory. Print size 20 1/2" x 16 1/2"

 

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 27" x 21" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Collector's Edition Signed and Numbered Print
UK £175.00
Edition Size - 500

Portfolio Edition
UK £235.00
Edition Size - 350

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