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The Air Combat Paintings of Robert Taylor

Authors
Robert Weston
and Robert Taylor

Last Flight Home

Last Flight Home by Robert Taylor

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First published in 1987 this fine collection of Robert Taylor’s aviation paintings did much to boost an already rapidly accelerating popularity, with many purchasers of this book later becoming collectors.  

The first part of the book is a detailed chronicle of Robert Taylor’s life and artistic career, generously illustrated with plenty of pencil sketches.  The second part of the book looks at his paintings.  Each painting has four pages devoted to it containing a description by the artist of how it came about, how he approached it, working sketches and plenty of stories recounting the support given by famous aviators.  Overall presentation is to a very high standard.

Limping Home by Robert Taylor

Reviewer’s Pick
A beautiful example of the artist’s skill at both marine and aviation subjects, Return of the Few has an interesting low viewpoint, superb sky, white cliffs and Spitfires. What more could you want ?

Limping Home

Foreword is by Air Vice Marshal ‘Johnnie’ Johnson CB, CBE, DSO, DFC.

All images copyright Robert Taylor.

Return of the Few by Robert Taylor

Battle of Britain VC

Battle of Britain VC by Robert Taylor

JG 52

JG 52 by Robert Taylor

Contents

1

Foreword by AVM ‘Johnnie’ Johnson

4

24 sections each named by print title

2

Introduction by Robert Taylor

5

Acknowledgements

3

Robert Taylor by Robert Weston

 

 

Publishing Information - First Edition

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-9008-2

Released: 1987

Size: 14.5 x 11.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 39

Originally produced in a large format, hardback, coffee table format. Its immense popularity led to it being reprinted in 1988, 1989 (twice), 1990, 1993 and 1998. These early editions are now out of print. It was then reissued in 2002 in a smaller format and in both hardback and softback.

Publishing Information - Smaller Format Edition (hardback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-9008-2

Released: 2002

Size: 12 x 9.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 39

Publishing Information - Smaller Format Edition (softback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-1430-0

Released: 2002

Size: 12 x 9.5 inches

Pages: 128

Colour images: 39

Limited Edition Versions with Bookplate

A limited edition version of The Air Combat Paintings of Robert Taylor was also issued at the time of release in 1987. 1000 copies were issued with a bookplate with the signatures of 12 distinguished World War II pilots. A further 100 copies were individually remarqued with a pencil drawing by the artist. 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.

Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson
Air Commodore Al Deere
Wing Commander Don Kingaby
Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC
Flight Engineer Norman Jackson VC
General Leon Johnson
Colonel Robert Morgan
Colonel Hub Zemke
Colonel Don Blakeslee
General Adolf Galland
Colonel Erich Hartmann
General Gunther Rall

Availability

Limited edition versions:

Sold out, only available on the secondary market.

Original large format version:

Sold out, only available on the secondary market.

Reprinted smaller versions:

All versions are now out of print.

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