Height and Sun by Robert Taylor

Height and Sun by Robert Taylor

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“If you had the height, you controlled the battle. If you came out of the sun, the enemy could not see you. If you held your fire until you were very close, you seldom missed.”

These three basic rules contibuted to the prowess in aerial combat of some of the most successful fighter pilots in history and seldom were they more valuable than when outnumbered.

In Robert Taylor’s outstanding new painting, Hurricanes of 32 Sqn climb high into the morning sky, gaining Height and Sun in an attempt to take the advantage over the onslaught of enemy fighters - August, 1940.

Featuring a typical ‘Robert Taylor skyscape’ this new image captures the surreal calmness above the clouds, belying the fury of action and ultimate sacrifices made in those crisp blue skies.

The edition is personally authenticated by aircrew that fought in combat during the Battle of Britain and as we are sure you are aware, an edition with this many signatures is becoming almost impossible to replicate these days.


Each limited edition print has been hand signed by the artist Robert Taylor and the following THREE Battle of Britain pilots:

  • Group Captain BILLY DRAKE Hurricanes /213 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant RICHARD JONES Spitfires /64 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM Spitfires /92 Squadron


In addition to the three signatures of the Limited Edition, each copy of the Tribute Edition has been personally signed by twenty two Battle of Britain pilots and Aircrew, making for a total of TWENTY-FIVE original signatures.

  • Flight Lieutenant ALEXANDER APPLEFORD Spitfires / 66 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader TONY IVESON Spitfires / 616 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant BENJAMIN BENT Blenheims / 25 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader MAURICE BROWN Spitfires / 611 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant OWEN BURNS Blenheims / 235 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN Blenheims / 235 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader KENNETH LUSTY Blenheims / 25 Squadron
  • Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD Hurricanes / 501 Squadron
  • Wing Commander JOHN ELKINGTON Hurricanes / 1 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader ROBERT FOSTER Hurricanes / 605 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant TREVOR GRAY Spitfires / 64 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant ALBERT GREGORY Blenheims / 219 Squadron
  • Master Pilot LEOPOLD HEIMES Blenheims / 235 Squadron
  • Wing Commander TERENCE KANE Spitfires / 234 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader ROBERT KINGS Hurricanes / 238 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant KEITH LAWRENCE Spitfires / 234 Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant ROBIN LUCAS Defiants / 141 Squadron
  • Squadron Leader JOCELYN MILLARD Hurricanes / 1 Squadron
  • Wing Commander TOM NEIL Hurricanes / 249 Squadron
  • Group Captain HERBERT PINFOLD Hurricanes / 56 Squadron
  • Flying Officer KENNETH WILKINSON Spitfires / 616 Squadron
  • Wing Commander GEORGE SWANWICK Spitfires / 54 Squadron

300 Limited Edition prints with 3 signatures               UK £125

175 Tribute Edition prints with 25 signatures              UK £195

Overall print size: 27 1⁄2" wide x 17" high              Image size: 21" wide x 8 3⁄4" high

Acid Free Permanent Paper


In addition to the TWENTY FIVE Battle of Britain Aircrew that have signed the Tribute Edition, each Artist Proof has been conversation matted to include the authentic pencil signatures of FIFTEEN of the most famous Aces that flew during the Battle of Britain, making a total of FORTY distinguished members from Churchill’s famous "Few".

With such a limited number available we do expect to be oversubscribed but will allocate these prints as fairly as possible, so please call us as soon as you receive this to be included in the allocation.

  • Group Captain Sir DOUGLAS BADER Hurricanes / 242 Sqn
  • Group Captain DENNIS DAVID Hurricanes / 87 Sqn
  • Squadron Leader ‘BUCK’ CASSON Spitfires / 616 Sqn
  • Wing Commander JOHN GIBSON Hurricanes / 501 Sqn
  • Air Vice Marshal EDWARD CREW Blenheims / 604 Sqn
  • Commander RONNIE HAY Fulmars / 808 Sqn
  • Wing Commander ‘BUNNY’ CURRANT Hurricanes / 605 Sqn
  • Wing Commander ‘TAFFY’ HIGGINSON Hurricanes / 56 Sqn
  • Air Commodore Sir ARCHIE WINSKILL Spitfires / 603 Sqn
  • Squadron Leader JOHN URWIN-MANN Hurricanes / 238 Sqn
  • Wing Commander PETER PARROTT Hurricanes / 607 Sqn
  • Group Captain JOHN BISDEE Spitfires / 609 Sqn
  • Air Vice Marshal HAROLD BIRD-WILSON Hurricanes / 17 Sqn
  • Wing Commander HARBOURNE STEPHEN Spitfires / 74 Sqn
  • Group Captain GEORGE UNWIN Spitfires / 19 Sqn

50 Artist Proofs with 40 signatures                            UK £450 Please phone for availability before ordering!

Overall matted size: 31 1.2" wide x 19 1.2" high


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