“Return to East Kirkby” by Richard Taylor

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Edition Size - 350
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size - 15
Edition Size - 10
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The air resonates to the unmistakable sound of Merlin engines as Lancasters from 630 and 57 Squadrons skim low over the Lincolnshire countryside whilst returning to their base at East Kirkby, in the summer of 1944.

RAF East Kirkby was home to Lancasters of 630 and 57 Squadrons who often flew together on long-range bombing raids including attacks against Berlin and Hitler’s alpine home at Berchtesgaden. It is of great historical importance that every print has been personally signed by one of the last surviving veterans based at RAF East Kirkby during WWII.

Richard is regarded as one of the best pencil artists in the industry and his superb piece is a perfect example of why. Completed in his trademark technique using a mixture of graphite with colour highlights on antique buff paper, this stunning collectors piece acts as a lasting tribute to the men of RAF Bomber Command.

THE LIMITED EDITION Every print has been personally signed by the artist together with an RAF Bomber Command veteran who served with 630 and 57 Squadrons from East Kirkby:

Flight Lieutenant ALAN PAYNE DFC Joining the RAF in 1942, he trained in the UK and South Africa before completing 29 missions as a Bomb Aimer on Lancasters with 630 and 57 Squadrons. Based at RAF East Kirkby he took part in the Battle of Berlin from November 1943, culminating with a raid on Nuremberg at the end of March 1944. He then transferred to Transport Command where he completed a full tour as a Navigator on Halifaxes with 620 Squadron in Palestine supporting the 6th Airborne Division.

THE REMARQUE EDITION Few artists of today possess Richard Taylor’s breath taking skills with a pencil but now the artist has lifted the bar even further by introducing subtle coloured highlights into his pencil work. Collectors now have a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these remarkable 'colour' remarques.

Each print in the remarque editions will have an original pencil drawing, hand-crafted to order by the artist in the lower margin below the image. With just fifteen Single Remarques and TEN Double Remarques issued we expect this edition to be in high demand