"Doolittle Tokyo Raiders"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Publisher's Proof, Limited to 50 prints
Edition #: 47/50
Size: 37.75" x 27.25" / 22" x 14.75" (pencil sketch) (96 x 69.2 / 56 x 37.5 cm)
Includes the Certificate of Authenticity
Signed by Colonel William M. Bower, Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Cole, Staff Sergeant Rev Jacob Deshazer, General James H 'Jimmy' Doolittle, Colonel Robert Emmens, Major Thomas C. Griffin, Brigadier General Everett W. Holstrom, Colonel Travis Hoover, Major General David M. Jones, Brigadier General Richard Knobloch, Major Howard A. Sessler, Captain J. Royden Stork, Major Griffith Williams, Colonel Henry A. Potter, and Artist Robert Taylor.
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle led sixteen B-25 bombers in a raid on Tokyo. On April 18th, 1942, only four short months after Pearl Harbor, Doolittle took off of the USS Hornet to continue with the ongoing attack on the Pacific. Signed by fourteen of the Doolittle Raiders, including James H. Doolittle himself, and Artist Robert Taylor, this masterpiece would be the perfect centerpiece in any WWII collection.
Included is the companion print "First Strike Against Tokyo" of course with the matching edition numbers.
These pieces were composed with a great deal of technical information and historical input from James Doolittle and such is their scarcity that pristine examples of these highly-sought after pieces rarely, if ever, appear on the secondary market.
This print has been SOLD OUT for years and is only available as a Secondary Market offering.
Never Framed & Stored Flat in Smoke-Free Environment.
About the Artist:
The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularize a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. He became an instant success.
Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognizable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!