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Robert Taylor - Air Combat Paintings Volume IV

Authors
Charles Walker
and Robert Taylor

Phantom Strike

Phantom Strike by Robert Taylor

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If you are a Robert Taylor fan, or just interested in aviation art in general, then this is a must-have volume of the artists paintings and painstakingly rendered pencil sketches, most of which were completed between 1996 and 2000.  However you measure it Robert Taylor has been setting new standards for aviation art for the last 25 years and he continues to raise the bar with images like Channel Dash, The Homecoming and Phantom Strike (shown above).

The overall presentation, quality and style of this book is excellent and is consistent with previous volumes.  It kicks off with an introduction by Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom and a short biography of the artist (this is covered in depth in ealier volumes) interspersed with a series of full page pencil sketches.  This is followed by an appreciation of Robert’s work by three distinguished combat pilots, Group Captain Frank Carey, Major Martin Drewes and Colonel ‘Bud’ Mahurin.

Most Memorable Day

Most Memorable Day by Robert Taylor

Mission Beyond Darkness

Mission Beyond Darkness by Robert Taylor

In the next section the artist explains the evolution of a painting in great depth using The Doolittle Raiders as an example and supported with many working sketches.  The final section is dedicated to a gallery of 31 paintings supported by numerous sketches plus narrative from the artist.

Return To Duxford by Robert Taylor

Reviewer’s Pick
Can’t resist an idyllic English landscape in winter and Return To Duxford is a perfect example.

All images copyright Robert Taylor.

Bringing The Peacemaker Home

Bringing The Peacemaker Home by Robert Taylor

Fighter General

Fighter General by Robert Taylor

Foreword is by Brigadier General Robin Olds USAF

Contents

1

Foreword by Brigadier Gen. Robin Olds

5

We Who Survived by Col. Walker Mahurin

2

Intro by Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom

6

The Making of a Painting by Robert Taylor

3

The Battle of France Remembered by Group Captain Frank Carey

7

31 sections individually named by print title and introduced by the artist

4

Scramble at Sunset - Major Martin Drewes

8

Acknowledgments

Publishing Information - First Edition

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-1093-3

Released: 2000

Size: 14.5 x 11.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 48

Originally produced in a large format, hardback, coffee table format. This early edition is now out of print. It was then reissued in 2003 in a smaller format and in both hardback and softback.

Publishing Information - Smaller Format Edition (hardback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-1093-3

Released: 2003

Size: 12 x 9.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 48

Publishing Information - Smaller Format Edition (softback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-1623-0

Released: 2003

Size: 12 x 9.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 48

Limited Edition Version with Print

A limited edition version of Air Combat Paintings Volume IV was also issued at the time of release in 2000.

The book was issued with the matching numbered companion print Lancaster Under Attack signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC and Major Martin Drewes.

The books were issued with a blue cloth slip case with the artist’s signature gold blocked on the front cover. The books were signed and numbered inside by the artist. The edition size was 650 plus 25 Remarques.

Lancaster Under Attack by Robert Taylor

Availability

Limited edition version:

Sold out, only available on the secondary market.

Original large format version:

Sold out, only available on the secondary market.

Reprinted smaller version:

All versions are now out of print..

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