“Icons of Flight-Erich Hartmann” by Robert Taylor

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The final release of a ground-breaking series...
Robert Taylor’s Icons of Flight Collection
– Erich Hartmann –
The highest-scoring fighter Ace in history

No such series would be complete without the inclusion of Hartmann – the legendary fighter pilot who has gone down in the history books as the highest-scoring Ace of all time with 352 victories.

19 April 2022 marks what would’ve been Hartmann’s 100th birthday and seems a fitting occasion to mark the end of this memorable series dedicated to some of the greatest aviators of the twentieth century.

At the heart of this latest composition is Robert’s iconic drawing Sting of the Black Tulip, a masterful work portraying the legendary pilot with his distinctive Black Tulip painted on the nose.

Matted alongside is a completely separate yet matching-numbered portrait of Hartmann in the cockpit of his Bf109 'Ursel'.

Both drawings have been meticulously reproduced as high quality fine art Giclée prints on museum quality archival velvet paper. It’s the next step that marks these particular Giclée prints out as revolutionary – it’s now Robert who takes charge of proceedings, transforming each print into an individual work of art through the delicate application of subtle embellishments, elegant highlights and refined tonal applications of muted colour wash.

Only then, when he is entirely satisfied with the finished result, does Robert title and caption each work before signing and hand-numbering each of these individual and unique pieces.

Only 25 of this memorable edition are available worldwide. Each pair of drawings is exquisitely matted to full conservation standards in a single composition that includes an ORIGINALand fully-authenticated autograph of the legendary man himself:
    Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds
    352 victories – the highest-scoring Ace in history

To complete the portfolio, each compilation is accompanied by a matching-numbered biographical book ‘The Blond Knight’ specially written for the occasion which is beautifully illustrated by Robert Taylor and his talented son, Richard. Containing several previously unseen works, the book follows Hartmann’s early years and reporting for duty with JG-52, the group with whom he’d spend almost his entire wartime flying career, through to his time held captive in Russia and flying post-war jets in the West German Air Force.