This outstanding first edition of Robert Taylor’s Volume V book of aviation paintings is available with a USAAF or RAF & Commonwealth cover, the contents are exactly the same – the choice is yours!
The 128 pages combine over 60 full color plates illustrating a wonderful selection of the artist’s work. There is a 10 page section devoted to his highly detailed full plate pencil drawings, and a score more delightful supporting pencil sketches. These spellbinding illustrations are brought to life by tens of thousands of descriptive words written by the artist himself.
Each painting is given its own chapter in which Robert discusses how he brings the canvas to life, providing a beguiling insight into the stories behind each work of art. Robert reveals intriguing information about his preparation and how he tackles research. Fascinatingly, he explains the intricacies of composition, disclosing many of his techniques as he takes you page by page on a virtual tour of his studio.
This copy of Volume 5 includes two bookplates, the first has been hand-signed by pilots and aircrew who flew with the famous 617 Squadron during the famous Dambuster Raid:
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM
Flying Officer DAVID RODGER
Squadron Leader KEN BROWN
Flight Lieutenant EDWARD JOHNSON
Sergeant FREDERICK SUTHERLAND
Sergeant RAYMOND GRAYSTON
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE CHALMERS
The second bookplate has been autographed by highly distinguished members of RAF Bomber Command:
Group Captain JAMES TAIT
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID V.C.
Squadron Leader NORMAN SCRIVENER
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Flight Lieutenant BOB KNIGHTS
Squadron Leader ‘MAC’ HAMILTON
Flight Lieutenant DOUGLAS NEWHAM
Flight Lieutenant HARRY HUGHES
Air Marshal SIR JOHN CURTISS
Air Commodore WILF BURNETT
Group Captain WILLIAM FARGUHARSON
Air Commodore D.M. STRONG