"Early Morning Arrival"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Limited to 1250 prints
Edition #: 296/1250

Size: 33" x 24.75" (83.8 x 62.9 cm)
COA Not Available

Signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid, Wing Commander Rod 'Babe' Learoyd, Warrant Officer Norman Jackson, Flying Officer Arthur De Breyne, Warrant Officer James Kelly, Flying Officer Pat Brophy, Sergeant Jack Friday, Flying Officer Robert Bodie, Sergeant Roy Vigars, and Artist Robert Taylor.

Lancaster V-RA had a short but distinguished career. To all intents and purposes she was a brand new aircraft when she flew her first mission on D-Day, 6 June 1944. At first light on that historic day her young Canadian crew of seven, average age 21, struck at the heavy coastal guns at Arromanches, bombing from just 1500 feet. The next night they took out a a bridge at Coutances in West Normandy from 1200 feet, and on the third night they raided the Achere marshalling yards on the outskirts of Paris. Her final mission against the Cambrai marshalling yards on the night of 12 June ended in heroism and disaster. Shot down in flames by a Ju88, Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski sacrificed his own life to save his trapped rear gunner. Miraculously six survived. Mynarski was awarded postumously the Victoria Cross for his conspicuous act of valour.

As a flying memorial to Mynarski and all bomber crews, on 24 September 1988 a Lancaster, lovingly restored over many years by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Foundation, flew from Mount Hope Airport, Nr. Hamilton, Ontario, painted in the markings of Andrew Mynarski's famous aircraft. To commemorate the special event Robert Taylor was commissioned to paint Mynarski's Lancaster.

In Robert Taylor's painting, Lancaster V-RA is seen on final approach to RAF Colerne early on the morning of 6 June 1944.

This rare Robert Taylor Limited Edition is signed by three famous holders of the Victoria Cross: Bill Reid, Roderick Learoyd and Norman Jackson, along with Andrew Mynarski's six fellow crew members of V-RA: Art de Breyne (Skipper), Jim Kelly, Pat Brophy, Roy Vigars, Jack Friday and Bob Bodie.

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!

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