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With another release within this popular series we see number 6 in this edition,, Jimmy Doolittle, The series does seem to have been very popular within the collecting community with a few mixed views on prices and sizes, but generally for those who can afford the budgets required have indeed starting a interesting collection of Robert Taylor art, I,am intrigued with opinions from others collectors from the view of what is and isn't on there wish list, Is it a case that once the first one is purchased it makes the desire to own the next more important and then the next and next and so on, or have we been able to purchase what is liked by the eye of the collector and have settled on owning just the one piece through the understanding of the subject or the desire to own that particular piece of art as it pleases the eye, for those on both sides of the divide if its one piece or the trappings of the pressure to purchase them all, its an interesting debate which i would like to hear about and even more see collections and pieces to view on the forum if possible, 

So please upload your views and photos if you are those lucky few so far and perhaps more interestingly what you might like to see going forward, 

 

Intrepid Pioneer, Record Breaker, Award Winner, Outstanding Aeronautical Engineer or Celebrated Commander could all describe the man Robert Taylor has chosen as the latest figure to feature in his ground-breaking Icons of Flight series. That figure is General Jimmy Doolittle – best known as the man who led the famous first raid on Tokyo during WWII for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Few aviators have had such an impact on the history of flight as Jimmy Doolittle – the first man to fly coast-to-coast across America in a day, awarded a doctorate in aeronautical engineering, winner of the Schneider Trophy, world speed record holder, a pioneer of instrument-flying and, during the war, Commander of the Eighth Air Force in Europe. A list of all of his many achievements could fill a page but the feat for which he is best known is that heroic raid he led on Tokyo, America’s first strike on mainland Japan shortly after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. 

The centrepiece of Robert’s portfolio is therefore a fitting tribute, skilfully depicting Doolittle’s B-25 shortly after launch from the pitching deck of USS Hornet on 18 April 1942. Beautifully matted within the composition is a separate portrait specially created by Robert for the occasion. 

Both drawings have been created as Giclée prints by a top English master printer and lovingly reproduced on museum quality archival papers. It’s what happens next where the real magic takes place; Robert personally takes charge of proceedings, transforming each Giclée proof into a unique work of art through the application of subtle embellishments, elegant highlights and tonal applications of muted colour wash. Only when Robert is entirely satisfied with the finished result, does he personally title and write the captions before signing and hand-numbering each copy.

Two separate pieces in one composition!

Only 20 copies of this memorable edition are available worldwide. Each pair of drawings is exquisitely matted to full conservation standards in a single composition that includes reproduction Command Pilot Wings and the RARE and fully authenticated original autograph of the man himself; General JAMES H. ‘JIMMY’ DOOLITTLE MoH.

To complete the portfolio, each compilation is accompanied by a matching-numbered biographical book specially written for this release which is beautifully illustrated by Robert Taylor and his talented son, Richard.

Jimmy Doolittle
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absolutely love this piece, The B25 is a great subject and Robert Taylor captures this well, His painting called The Doolittle Raiders is also a fine piece and an amazing example of the B25 in Art, The icons series is without doubt popular and this could be on my wish list if funds allow, Nice piece, 😀 looking forward to the next release, 

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Hi Ron, big fan of the B25 - great aircraft and superb story behind the Doolittle Raiders. Robert Taylor has done an amazing job as always - is this something you are interested in getting? 

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Hi Mike 

absolutely, The B25 is my favourite twin engine medium bomber, The Doolittle Raiders print by Robert Taylor is perhaps the best image of the B25 in action, albeit the icons latest release depicting Jimmy Doolittle is certainly capturing my thoughts for ownership within this series, slightly higher price tag than the most recent editions but we will see, 

Have you entertained any icons and if so what have you purchased or would consider buying out of the releases so far , 

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hi Mike i have attached The Doolittle Raiders , the print i mentioned before,

 

Image 01 - THE DOOLITTLE RAIDERS by Robert Taylor signed by 14 Doolittle Raiders

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                                                                        ROBERT TAYLORS JOHNNIE JOHNSON PORTFOLIO ,,,

 

Here we look at the next release in this extremely interesting and popular series by Robert Taylor and the Military Gallery, Number 6 in this series should prove to be a popular subject in Johnnie Johnson, and the fact that we now have a main image depicting the Spitfire , having had the Hurricane,, Lancaster, P51, ME262 and the B25, 

It is certainly worth pointing out that every icon that is likely to be covered could or would have a particular involvement in the same aircraft,, so its nice to think that each release will not only focus on the icon but an aircraft type not yet covered,, having done Galland with the ME262 leaves another German icons to be covered with the 109 or 190, perhaps,, and with the Americans we could still see the likes of a P38 , P47, F4U or something more modern would be a nice subject, Above all it would be interesting to see out of our merry band of collectors if anyone has succumb to collecting them all and if so that would make one nice wall collection, Apart from the releases so far and for those who have dared to collect them all are we to see more and how many more and how much wall space will be required to cope with the collection, 

Johnnie Johnson for me is still a possible contender for the next purchase and no doubt i will have to see weather to purchase and were to hang , but not a bad problem to have, Fascinating Subject Great icon and looking forward to the next release already,  

 

Robert Taylor’s highly popular Icons of Flight series has seen editions featuring such legendary names as ‘The Red Baron’, ‘Barnes Wallis’ and ‘Douglas Bader’ and we’re sure that this stunning portfolio will be equally as popular as it features one of the most respected fighter pilots of all time, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. With 38 victories to his credit not only was Johnnie the highest-scoring Spitfire Ace of the war and the most prolific RAF pilot against the Luftwaffe but, in some 1,000 combat missions, he was never shot down, and only once was his Spitfire damaged in action.

The centrepiece of this highly-restricted edition features a detailed drawing entitled Wing Leader, beautifully created in a style that few can match, portraying Johnnie leading the Mk.IX Spitfires of his 144 Canadian Wing out across the Channel as they head for the Normandy beach-head on the morning of D-Day, 6 June 1944. During the day, with the cloud base down to 2,000 ft., Johnnie and his Wing made four trips across the Channel to provide air cover over the beaches being assaulted by British and Canadian troops. Four days later, on 10 June, Johnnie’s Canadians landed at a hastily-constructed temporary airstrip near the village of St. Croix-sur-Mer just behind Juno Beach. They were the first Allied fighters to land in France since 1940.

Alongside Wing Leader is a second, completely separate matching-numbered piece – a head and shoulders study of Johnnie.

Two separate pieces in one composition!

Only 25 copies of this impressive edition are available worldwide. Each pair of drawings is exquisitely matted to full conservation standards in a single composition that includes museum-quality reproduction RCAF wings and an ORIGINAL and fully authenticated autograph of the legendary pilot depicted:

Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* DL

johnnie johnson
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