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This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor.


This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor.

For nearly a thousand years the white cliffs of southern England had taunted many a foreign army. These fortress walls of chalk, however, were defended by the moat-like waters of the Channel, and together they had shielded the British from her enemies. Alongside Drake they had defied the armies of Spain and her great Armada and, in 1805, had halted the march of Napoleon's Grand Armée. No enemy force since that of William the Conqueror in 1066 had successfully managed to cross the Channel in anger but, in May 1940, one of the most powerful armies the world had ever seen arrived at Calais. An invasion by Hitler's all-conquering Wehrmacht was imminent - or so it seemed. To cross the Channel and breach the English defences, the Luftwaffe simply had to gain control of the skies, and with massively superior numbers the outcom seemed inevitable. The fate of Britain lay in the hands of less than 3,000 young airmen from Fighter Command - Churhill's 'Few'. By July the most famous air battle in history was underway and, over the next three months under tranquil summer skies, the 'Few' battled to defend their Scpetred Isle. Impossibly outnumbered and flying daily to the point of exhaustion, by October these courageous young men had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, emerging defiantly victorious. The threat of invasion might be over but a terrible price had been paid - during that long battle for the survival of Britain 544 had been killed and 422 wounded; and of those who survived a further 814 would be killed before the end of the war. This painting pays tribute to the valiant 'Few', portraying a fleeting moment of calm for the pilots of 74 (Tiger) Squadron during the height of the Battle of Britain. With his commanding officer Sailor Malan (ZP-A) to his right, Acting Flight Lieutenant John Freeborn (ZP-C) takes time to reflect on another day of intense combat while passing over the white cliffs and the familiar lighthouse at Beachy Head, as the squadron cross the English coast to head for home.
Item Code : DHM6577This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 200 prints.

Paper size 24.5 inches x 18.5 inches (63cm x 47cm) Image size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Elkington, John
Clark, Terry
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor. DHM6577
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Collectors edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 24.5 inches x 18.5 inches (63cm x 47cm) Image size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Elkington, John
Clark, Terry
McInnes, Archibald
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Roddis, Joe
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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PRINTCollectors edition of 125 prints. Paper size 24.5 inches x 18.5 inches (63cm x 47cm) Image size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Elkington, John
Clark, Terry
McInnes, Archibald
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Roddis, Joe
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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PRINTVeterans edition of 40 prints. Paper size 24.5 inches x 18.5 inches (63cm x 47cm) Image size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Elkington, John
Clark, Terry
McInnes, Archibald
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Roddis, Joe
Morgan, Tom Dalton
Freeborn, John
Lee, Kenneth
Sizer, Wilfred M
Wainwright, Michael Terry
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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PRESENTATIONTribute edition of 5 prints.

Supplied with a companion original drawing, with five extra signatures. Drawing overall matted size is 16 inches x 14 inches (41cm x 36cm).
Paper size 24.5 inches x 18.5 inches (63cm x 47cm) Image size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Elkington, John
Clark, Terry
McInnes, Archibald
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Roddis, Joe
Morgan, Tom Dalton
Freeborn, John
Lee, Kenneth
Sizer, Wilfred M
Wainwright, Michael Terry
Brown, Norman (companion print)
Currant, Christopher (companion print)
Neil, Tom (companion print)
Page, Geoffrey (matted on companion print)
Townsend, Peter (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark
*Signature Value : £40

Terry Clark was born in Croyden on 11th April 1919. Terry Clark joined 615 RAuxAF in March 1938 in Kenley, as an Aircrafthand. Called up in 1939, he joined 615 Squadron, Auxiliary Air force, and flew as a gunner in Hawker Hectors before he qualified as an Air Gunner and also a Radio Observer. He joined No.219 Sqn at Catterick in July 1940 and flew on Beaufighters throughout the Battle of Britain. By September 1940, the conflict had reached its zenith and at night the feared Blitz began in earnest. More radar specialists were needed to deal with the threat so Mr Clark was sent to Beaufighters. He did not receive any training and still wore the AG brevet, but people began to ask why a plane without a gun turret had an air gunner on board, so he was given a badge that said RO. Eventually, in recognition of his new role, Mr Clark was awarded his third flying badge – N for Navigator. His job was to track enemy aircraft and guide the pilot towards the selected contact. It was while flying the Beaufighter that he was awarded the DFM on 8th July 1941 after assisting his pilot to down three aircraft at night. He joined 1455 Flight in 1941, forming at Tangmere with Turbinlite Havocs, then flew the same aircraft with 1451 Flight at Hunsdon, locating enemy aircraft by Radar in the Havoc for accompanying fighters to attack and destroy. Commissioned in May 1942 from Warrant Officer and in May 1943 he was posted to No.488 Sqn RNZAF.




Wing Commander John Elkington
*Signature Value : £40

John (Tim) Elkington was born in 1920 and joined the RAF in September 1939. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1940 he was immediately posted to join 1 Squadron flying Hurricanes atTangmere. On 15 August he shot down an Me109 over the Channel, but the following day he was himself shot down over Thorney Island. He baled out injured and was admitted to hospital, his Hurricane crashing at Chidham.

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 Spitfire of 610 Squadron which has been damaged during combat during the height of the Battle of Britain is shown over the white cliffs of Dover.  No. 610 (County of Chester) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's first major combat with the Luftwaffe was on 27th May when a Heinkel bomber protected by about 40 Me110s, was engaged.  The combat which followed saw the Heinkel and three Me110 fighters being shot down.  Throughout August 610 Squadron was involved in bitter fighting over the Channel and Home Counties of England.  During the Battle of Britain No.610 Squadron operated from Biggin Hill, Hawkinge, and, on one occasion, from Croydon.  The Squadron put up a terrific show and 40 enemy aircraft were confirmed as having been destroyed by 610 Squadron during August.  The loss to the Squadron was eleven pilots killed during the battle.

Return of the Heroes by Ivan Berryman.
£65.00
 With the Battle of Britain won, and the first chinks in Goerings armour exposed, RAF Fighter Command is at last able to carry the war to the enemy.  It is the bittersweet winter of 41.  Mk Vb Spitfires, having taken off as the first streaks of dawn spread across the morning sky, return to a snow-covered airfield after a dawn patrol over the Channel.  Inhabitants of the sleepy English village begin to stir with the familiar sound of Merlin engines, counting each and every one of their fighter boys home.
Winter of 41 by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
£200.00
 The inspiration for this subject was principally the setting. A low sun turning the tops of towering cumulus to a soft ochre against a backdrop of azure. Through breaks in these massive clouds can be seen a landscape beginning to fade, greens and yellows changing to liquid blues and mauves. All that is now required to complete the picture are the lines of a beautiful aeroplane, provided here by four Spitfires on No.66 Sqn. The aircraft shown are LZ-M, LZ-N, LZ-K and LZ-X. LZ-X was flown by H R Dizzy Allen throughout the Battle of Britain.

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