GLORIOUS SUMMER

by Robert Taylor

Editions Edition Size UK(£) QTY
Limited edition 500 Limited Availability Contact Us
Artist proofs 50 Limited Availability Contact Us
Millenium proof 250 £695.00
Millenium proof remarques 25 Limited Availability Contact Us
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Throughout the long hot summer of 1940 the destiny of the British Isles, indeed the future of Europe, laid in the hands of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots. Against them stood the vast aerial fleets of an all powerful Luftwaffe, gloating and confident from its victories in Poland, France and the Low Countries. Lying in wait across the Channel, anticipating an easy victory by its air force, were the armies of the most powerful tyrant the world had ever known.

With Europe already succumbed to Nazi rule, Britain was alone, the last bastion among free nations to stand against an evil empire bent upon world domination. The battle, the first ever to be fought entirely in the air, would change the course of history, whatever the outcome.

Outnumbered more than five to one at the outset, the odds were so heavily stacked against the RAF, the task looked almost hopeless. But as the ferocious aerial battles continued through the long summer months, the tactical skills, devotion and raw courage of the RAF's young flyers, gradually turned the tide. By September end, the battle was won and the defeated Luftwaffe retired to its' plundered territories to lick its wounds.

Robert Taylor's magnificent study of the legendary Hawker Hurricane captures wonderfully the spirit of that cataclysmic aerial conflict fought so long ago. Nearest, young Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page, later to become one of the RAF's most highly decorated fighter aces, powers his Mk I Hawker Hurricane over the country lane at the edge of the airfield, as he and his fellow No 56 Squadron pilots make their third scramble of the day.

Glorious Summer, the second edition in Robert Taylor's acclaimed and popular Battle of Britain Trilogy, comprises just 500 copies world-wide, each signed by six Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane pilots, and is published with an exclusive issue of just 250 Millennium Proofs, each signed by famous fighter pilots who fought in the historic Battle of Britain. As the world's premier aviation artist pays tribute to Churchill's gallant "Few", collectors will recognize the importance and value of adding the: fine portrayal of the Hurricane to their collections.

The Limited Edition

Each print in this edition has been personally signed by the following Battle of Britain Hurricane pilots:

  • Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC*
  • Wing Commander 'Bunny' Currant DSO DFC*
  • Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC* AFC
  • Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC*
  • Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
  • Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC

The Millennium Proof

Each copy of the Millennium Proof is also signed by the following:

  • Air Commodore Cyril Brown CBE AFC AE
  • Air Vice-Marshal Edward Crew CB DSO* DFC*
  • Group Captain John 'Cats-Eyes' Cunningham CBE DSO** DFC* AE FRAeS
  • Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
  • Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC
  • Warrant Officer Peter Fox
  • Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs
  • Squadron Leader Percy Morfill DFM
  • Group Captain Alan Murray DFC
  • Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
  • Squadron Leader Arthur 'Bill' Pond AFC
  • Squadron Leader Christopher Riddle
  • Wing Commander Peter Parrot DFC* AFC
  • Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC
  • Group Captain Tommy Thompson DFC

The Millennium Proof Remarques

Each Remarque includes an exclusive and unique original drawing by Robert Taylor on the border of the print.  Each Remarque is additionally signed by:

  • Squadron Leader Geoffrey Page DSO OBE DFC*
Media:
Lithograph
Size:
33 x 25 inches
Release Date:
2000

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