by Robert Taylor

Editions Edition Size US($) QTY
The collector's edition 25 Limited Availability Contact Us
The collector's artist proofs 5 Limited Availability Contact Us
Legacy quadruple remarque 5 $2095.00
Legacy deluxe remarque 10 $3345.00
The giclee studio proofs 75 $695.00
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  The first publication from The Robert Taylor Trust and The Military Gallery – fully endorsed and signed by Robert Taylor in his lifetime.

Highly limited quantities are available and every copy is issued mounted to full conservation standards to include the original autographs of the famous pilots depicted.

Checkertails – the clue was in the name for there was no way of mistaking the highly- distinctive, black and yellow checkerboards that adorned the tails of the 325th Fighter Group. It was a sight that most Luftwaffe pilots dreaded and no wonder, because by the end of hostilities they’d chalked up some 520 aerial victories and dozens more aircraft destroyed on the ground, alongside the straffing of numerous targets such as trains, vehicles and airfields.

Veterans of North Africa and the invasion of Sicily, by the summer of 1944 the ‘Checkertails’ were based at Lesina on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Re-equipping with long-range North American P-51s they were now able to escort the heavy bombers of the U.S. 15th Air Force on all their missions north over the Alps to Germany, Austria, France, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and west to Yugoslavia and Romania.

Robert Taylor, the world’s most instantly- recognisable aviation artist, remembers the heroic exploits of the men who flew with the 325th Fighter Group in his iconic piece. Few painters have the necessary skill to successfully blend the machines of war into beautiful landscapes as Robert, and his breath-taking work Checkertails – Outbound Escort is a classic example of just why he’s considered the greatest ever aviation artist. Taking centre stage are P- 51Ds from the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group led by their CO, Major ‘Herky’ Green and his wingman First Lieutenant ‘Art’ Fiedler climbing in the crisp mountain air over the magnificent, still snow-capped mountains of the Alps en-route to support heavy bombers of the U.S. 15th Air Force in the summer of 1944.

Overall matted size: 40 ¾” wide x 25 ¼” high
Image size: 32 ½” wide x 15 ½” high

Painted by Robert in 2023 as a commission for a close personal friend, this turned out to be one of the last canvases of his long and distinguished career. Under his direct supervision the painting was then faithfully reproduced as a fine art limited edition print through his exclusive publisher, The Military Gallery based in Great Britain. Every copy is issued signed by Robert and embossed with the logo of The Robert Taylor Trust, a body established to preserve Robert’s legacy and safeguard the future copyright of his work in years to come.

The Collector’s Edition & Artist Proofs

Restricted to just TWENTY FIVE Collector’s Editions and FIVE Artist Proofs worldwide, each print is issued mounted to full conservation standards to include museum-quality reproduction USAAF Wings and the original pencil autographs of the two legendary fighter Aces depicted:

  • Colonel Herschel 'Herky' Green DSC, DFC
  • Colonel Art Fiedler

The Legacy Remarques

As per Robert’s request, we’re delighted to offer Legacy Remarques on this release where his talented son, Richard Taylor, will create specially hand-drawn pencil Remarques in the lower border of the print.

These are available to be ordered in two sizes – ‘Quad’ (4 Remarques) and ‘Deluxe’ (7-8 Remarques).

Each Legacy Remarque print is issued mounted to full conservation standards to include all elements and signatures of the Collector’s Edition.

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The Giclée Proofs on Canvas

Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, this edition is printed directly on to fine canvas creating the look and feel of an original painting. Each canvas is fully authorized, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled.

Giclée Studio Proof: 34” wide x 16” high

40.75 x 25.25 inches
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Editions that feature original and unique artwork, such as Remarque, Tribute and matted editions, are specifically hand-crafted to order. As a result, our normal delivery policies do not apply to these items but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as your drawing is complete. If you have any particular request for your remarque drawing – such as specific aircraft markings – please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.

Framing Service available on this item

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