DEFENCE OF THE REALM
by Robert Taylor
This symbolic piece portrays Group Captain Peter Townsend, Commanding Officer of 85 Squadron, during the long, hot summer of 1940. Fresh from the heat of battle over London and the Thames, he wearily turns his Hurricane towards home to refuel, re-arm and rejoin the fight.
Of all air combat paintings this one, in particular, resonates with those who love the immortal Hawker Hurricane and the legendary pilots who flew them. During the Battle of Britain they accounted for no less than four out of every five enemy aircraft destroyed, and one of the greatest exponents of the Hurricane was Peter Townsend, probably the finest and most respected fighter leader to serve with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
In addition to the artist, each print in this edition has been individually signed by:
- Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO DSO DFC*
Special Edition Book & Print Portfolio
Accompanying this collector’s piece is a copy of the highly-acclaimed book DUEL OF EAGLES written by Peter Townsend which includes a bookplate signed by a further three Battle of Britain veterans:
- Wing Commander Ken Mackenzie
- Squadron Leader Tony Pickering AFC
- Wing Commander Jack Rose CMG MBE DFC
- 28 x 21 inches
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