"Midway - The Turning of the Tide"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Limited to 1250 prints
Edition #: 1227/1250
Size: 33" x 24" (83.8 x 61.0 cm)
COA Not Available
Signed by Commander Don Ely, Rear Admiral Wilbur Roberts, Flight Lieutenant Edward H. Anderson, Lieutenant Commander Dick Best, and Artist Robert Taylor.
Limited edition aviation art print Midway - Turning of the Tide signed in pencil by EDWARD ANDERSON, RICHARD BEST, DON ELY, WILBUR ROBERTS and artist ROBERT TAYLOR . This is a beautiful print - just stunning. The scene shows Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers just prior to the attack on Admiral Nagumo's Japanese carrier fleet at the Battle of Midway. Few aircraft have the distinction of single-handedly winning a war, but the courageous action of the Dauntless crews essentially determined the outcome of the war in the Pacific with their decimation of the Japanese carrier fleet at Midway in June, 1942. This is a spectacular print and an essential piece if you already have Midway - Strike Against the Akagi ( Strike Against the Akagi NOT included in this listing). The Battle of Midway was one of America's finest hours in the Pacific campaign.
Lt. Commander Dick Best led attacks on Wake Island and Marcos Island and flew escort flights for the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo as Commanding Officer of VB-6. Commanding VB-6 on June 4, 1942 he led his squadron of SBD Dauntless dive-bombers against the Japanese carriers Akagi and Hirya and was consequently awarded the Navy Cross. At Midway Best led the 1st Division of three planes from the southwest against the Japanese carrier Akagi. He sighted on the yellow flight deck emblazoned with a large red circle and dropped his 1,000-pound bomb from 2,500 feet, scoring a hit abreast of the bridge at 10:22AM. This hit was followed in succession by hits from his two partners, leaving the ship a wreck.
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!