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Robert Bailey - A Brush with History

Mike Coenen
Robert Bailey

Mustang Menace

Mustang Menace by Robert Bailey

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Robert bailey published his first aviation art print in 1992 and since then has built up a world wide following. The Bailey style is very much action orientated with dramatic and dynamic compositions that take the viewer right into the heart of his fierce air combat scenarios. This is Robert bailey’s first book and it has been co-written by Mike Coenen, an aviation historian and long-time friend.

Wakeup Call

Wakeup Call by Robert Bailey

Dragon Slayers

Dragon Slayers by Robert Bailey

There is a Foreword by Colonel Clarence E ‘Bud’ Anderson then introductions by Unteroffizier Fritz Wiener, Flight Lieutenant Harry Haxby, Staff Sergeant James A Sheppard, Flight Lieutenant Douglas R Matheson and author Mike Coenen. This is followed by Robert Bailey’s own account of his career to date and his approach to painting. This section concludes with a pleasing selection of the artist’s pencil drawings.

Bear Trap

Bear Trap by Robert Bailey

Tuskegee Titans

Tuskegee Titans by Robert Bailey

The individual canvases are introduced by the artist who gives plenty of insight into each painting’s conception and execution plus some fascinating stories from the aircrew signing sessions. Most paintings are given a two page spread and some show the canvas at various stages of completion. There is also a liberal sprinkling throughout of the artist’s pencil drawings.

Unscheduled Arrival by Robert Bailey

Unscheduled Arrival

This is a lavishly produced coffee-table style book that is attractively laid out and is highly recommended.

Robert Bailey - A Brush with History


U-Boat by Robert Bailey

The Leaders

The Leaders by Robert Bailey

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 by Robert Bailey

All images copyright Robert Bailey.



Foreword by Colonel Clarence E ‘Bud’ Anderson, USAF


Introduction by Flight Lieutenant Douglas R Matheson, RCAF


Introduction by Unteroffizier Fritz Wiener, Luftwaffe


Introduction by Mike Coenen


Introduction by Flight Lieutenant Harry Haxby, RAF


Life at the Eadel by Robert Bailey


Introduction by Staff Sergeant James A Sheppard, USAF


The Canvases Introduced by the Artist.

Limited Edition Versions with Prints

Limited edition versions of A Brush with History were also issued at the time of release.

Ramitelli Rumble

Big Beautiful Bluenoser by Robert Bailey

Big Beautiful Bluenoser

Ramitelli Rumble by Robert Bailey
Tirpitz Terror by Robert Bailey

Tirpitz Terror

Limited Edition
Edition of just 250 - books all signed and numbered by the artist.
The full size print Ramitelli Rumble signed by four Tuskegee Airmen.
The limited edition print Beautiful Bluenoser signed by Lt. Robert ‘Puchy’ Powell Jr of the 352 FG.
The limited edition print Tirpitz Terror signed by Flight Lt. Harry Haxby DFM depicting his Halifax attaching the German battleship in a Norwegian fiord.
A CD with over 80 images telling the story of how the artist creates a painting.

Artist Proofs
Edition of just 30 - books all signed and numbered by the artist.
Everything as the limited edition plus:
Distictly coloured dust jacket.
Ramitelli Rumble signed by nine Tuskegee Airmen.

A Brush with History - Alternate Cover

The Artist Proofs and Remarque editions were issued with an alternately coloured dust jacket.

Double Remarque
Edition of just 20 - books all signed and numbered by the artist.
Everything as the artist proofs plus:
Ramitelli Rumble signed by thirteen Tuskegee Airmen.
An exclusive pencil remarque drawn by the artist on the print Ramitelli Rumble and a second remarque in the book.

Publishing Information - First Edition (Hardback)

Publisher:Bailey Art & Pub

ISBN: 09780425-0-6

Released: 2006

Size: 14.5 x 11.5 inches

Pages: 126

Colour images: 51+


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