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HEIGHT OF THE BATTLE
Robert Taylor

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Height Of The Battle by Robert Taylor

A rare Robert Taylor edition multi-signed by many Battle of Britain veterans plus the Companion Print Hurricane Attack also muti-signed.

As dawn came up on Wednesday 11th September 1940, London was reeling from another night of bombing. Thameside factories and warehouses had been struck; so also had central residential areas of the city, including Buckingham Palace. But daylight brought a deterioration in the weather and some respite from enemy activity. By mid-afternoon however, the weather had improved and German bomber formations were detected building up over the Pas de Calais and Ostend. It was not long before these, accompanied by more than 200 fighters, were plotted flying up the Thames Estuary towards London. To deal with the imminent raid on London, Fighter Command had already brought nine squadrons to readiness, and as the inbound force swung in from the sea they were scrambled to make the intercept. As the Luftwaffe bombers approached the docklands area east of London, sixty Spitfires and Hurricanes fell upon them and a pitched battle ensued.
Leading No. 74 "Tiger" Squadron was the fearless and brilliant South African fighter leader, "Sailor" Malan, his designated task to ignore the fighters and tackle the bombers. Flying three sections of four aircraft in line astern, Malan spearheaded the attack from 20,000 feet, the Spitfires ripping into the He11ls in an effective beam attack. One of the No. 74 Squadron pilots who flew with Sailor Malan that September day back in 1940, Harbourne Stephen, recently described to Robert Taylor the events of that desperate combat, enabling the artist to complete his exciting new painting Height of the Battle.
Seen in the foreground are the Mark 1 Spitfires of No. 74 Squadron. Having made one diving attack and zoomed back above the raiding Heinkel 11Is, the fighters peel off for a second attack, Malan already winging over with Stephen on his heels. Below Hurricane Mark Is of 17 and 56 Squadrons have joined the turbulent fray. 

Height of the Battle - The Signatories

Squadron Leader C S Bamberger DFC*
Wing Commander G C Unwin DSO DFM*
Squadron Leader GH Bennions DFM
Wing Commander HM Stephen CBE DSO DFC
Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC - 603 Sqn at Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain - then 257 Sqn, finally 247 Sqn flying Typhoons.
Generalleutnant Gunther Rall - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords - flew with JG52, JG11 and JG300 - finished the war with 275 victories making him the 3rd highest Ace in history.
Group Captain Tom Dalton Morgan DSO, DFC*, OBE.
Group Captain Billy Drake DSO, DFC - 1 Squadron - Battle of Britain pilot with 20 victories and 9 probables - flew Hurricanes, Spitfires and P40s.
Squadron Leader Neville Duke, DSO, OBE, DFC*, AFC, CzMC - 92, 112 and 145 Sqns - top scoring Allied Ace in the Mediterranean with 28 victories.
Wing Commander Terence Kane - 234 Sqn and POW.
Sqn Ldr Tony Iveson DFC AE - 616 and 92 Sqn Spitfires then switched to Bomber Command with 617 Sqn - took part in all three Tirpitz missions.
Squadron Leader Iain Hutchinson - Battle of Britain 222 Sqn.
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson - Battle of Britain pilot flying Hurricanes, then Spitfires with 611, 616, 19, 234 and 165 Sqns.
Major Werner Roell Knights Cross - over 400 missions on Stukas then to Me262s with JV44.
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC – Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 249 Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant William Walker - Battle of Britain on Spitfires with 616 Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM - Battle of Britain on Beaufighters with 219 Sqn.
Wing Commander Ken Mackenzie - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 43 and 501 Sqns then later night fighter Hurricanes with 247 Sqn.
Wing Commander Wilf Sizer  DFC AFC -  Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 213 Sqn.
Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC* - 32 and 257 Sqns.
Flight Lieutenant Robert Haglah  - 236 Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant Nigel Kemp DFC - flew with Douglas Bader during the Battle of Britain with 242 Sqn, then the defence of Malta.
Wing Commander Bob Doe, DSO, DFC - flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires during the Battle of Britain where he was one of the top scorers with 14 victories and two probables.
Flight Lieutenant Benjamin Bent - Radar /Wireless Operator on Blenheims for 25 Sqn during the Battle of Britain, later on Mosquitos - assisted in a total of 8 victories including the first aircraft shot down on D-Day.
Wing Commander Vivian Snell - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 501 Sqn.
Squadron Commander Tony ‘Pick’ Pickering - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 501 Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant Albert E Gregory DFC - Battle of Britain on Beaufighters with 219 Sqn.
   Flight Lieutenant Michael E Croskell - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 213 Sqn.
Flight Sergeant John Richard "Jack" Toombs  - flew Blenheims during the Battle of Britain with 236 Sqn.
Squadron Leader Jocelyn G P Millard - Battle of Britain on Hurricane with 1 Sqn and then 242 Sqn with Douglas Bader.
Wing Commander Robert Foster DFC AE - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 605 Sqn then later Flight Commander of 1 Sqn fighting with the RAAF against the Japanese.

There are 5 further signatures on this print giving a total of 36 - we have not yet researched them all to provide a definitive list. In the meantime if you would like a large size, high resolution photo of the signature area then just contact and we will email it to you.
 

Height of the Battle by Robert Taylor

We are selling a copy of this print on behalf of one of our collectors. This example had extra signatures added many years ago at veteran events. The condition of the print is overall good. It has the usual evidence of handling in the border areas that is common with prints that had extra signatures added at signing events, particularly in the top border area. There are a couple of handling kinks in the image area that are visible when the print is held at a certain angle but overall nothing that would be noticeable when framed. The print has never been framed and has been stored flat and dark giving a main image area that is excellent with strong colours - properly framed this print would be a very impressive addition to any collection.

This is an excellent opportunity for Battle of Britain collectors to acquire a unique piece of aviation history.

Height Of The Battle by Robert Taylor MS1
Height Of The Battle by Robert Taylor MS2

Hurricane Attack
Companion Print
Featuring Hurricanes of No 249 Squadron over the Isle of Wight at the height of the Battle of Britain, August 1940.

Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor

Hurricane Attack - The Signatories

Sqn. Ldr. JM Bentley Beard DFM AFC
Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir John Grandy CGB GCVO KBE DSO
Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC - 603 Sqn at Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain - then 257 Sqn, finally 247 Sqn flying Typhoons.
Wing Commander Terence Kane - 234 Sqn and POW.
Group Captain Tom Dalton Morgan DSO, DFC*, OBE.
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC – Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 249 Sqn.
Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC* - 32 and 257 Sqns.
Squadron Leader Neville Duke, DSO, OBE, DFC*, AFC, CzMC - 92, 112 and 145 Sqns - top scoring Allied Ace in the Mediterranean with 28 victories.
Squadron Leader Iain Hutchinson - Battle of Britain 222 Sqn.
Sqn Ldr Tony Iveson DFC AE - 616 and 92 Sqn Spitfires then switched to Bomber Command with  617 Sqn - took part in all three Tirpitz missions.
Flight Lieutenant Michael E Croskell - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 213 Sqn.
Wing Commander Robert Foster DFC AE - Battle of Britain on Hurricanes with 605 Sqn then later Flight Commander of 1 Sqn fighting with the RAAF against the Japanese.

There are 11 further signatures on this print giving a total of 24 - we have not yet researched them all to provide a definitive list. In the meantime if you would like a large size, high resolution photo of the signature area then just contact and we will email it to you.
 

Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor

This is the Companion print to Height of the Battle released in 1996 and has also had extra signatures added at veteran events. The condition of the print is overall excellent. It has just a couple handling imperfections, only visible at certain angles and nothing that would be noticeable when framed. The print has never been framed and has been stored flat and dark giving a main image area that is excellent with strong colours - properly framed this print would be a very impressive addition to any collection.

Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor
Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor - MS2

Overall size 33” x 25”
Companion print 18” x 15”

Height of the Battle by Robert Taylor with Companion Print Hurricane Attack

These prints are for sale on behalf of one of our collectors. As a number of the signatures are duplicated on both prints we are making them available individually:

Height of the Battle with 36 signatures   365

Hurricane Attack with 25 signatures    165

Both prints purchased together    475
SOLD

Call us for more information: 0121 355 1333
Reference: VC008

(Please note: this is actually the Publishers Proof edition of just 30 prints, however the additional Companion Print Gallant Gladiator - a small print of a pencil drawing of a Gloster Gladiator, is not included)

This print can be purchased using our Lay-Away scheme.
 

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