ROBERT TAYLOR FINE ART PRINT - BALLOON BUSTER #352/600 W/ 2 SIGNATURES & COA
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Location Simi Valley, California 930** US
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Artist Robert Taylor
Medium Lithograph Print
Print Surface Paper
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ROBERT TAYLOR FINE ART PRINT ENTITLED "BALLOON BUSTER" - #352/600 - W/ 2 SIGNATURES - CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY - MINT CONDITION - WW1
LIMITED EDITION PRINT RECORDING AN INCIDENT NEAR ARRAS, FRANCE ON AUGUST 29, 1918
SIGNATURES INCLUDED: WW1 FIGHTER PILOT FLIGHT LIEUTENANT J.L. HENRY BOTTERELL - & ARTIST ROBERT TAYLOR
PLEASE NOTE: THE SHADOWS FROM MY CAMERA ARE FORCING THE FOCUS TO GO OUT - THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO CREASES OR BLEMISHES ON THIS PRINT
THIS IS A UNIQUE LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT BY THE WORLD'S MOST COLLECTED AVIATION ARTIST, ROBERT TAYLOR.
THIS PRINT IS PRE-OWNED AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT IS LONG SOLD OUT AND ONLY AVAILABLE IN SECONDARY MARKETS. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE THAT INCLUDES THE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY FROM MILITARY GALLERY. MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 32" WIDE X 24" TALL. THIS ITEM WAS NEVER FRAMED AND WAS STORED IN A PROTECTIVE PLASTIC SLEEVED. IT WAS REMOVED TO PHOTOGRAPH FOR THIS AUCTION. PLEASE USE THESE PHOTOS AS PART OF THE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS AUCTION. GREAT COLLECTIBLE! SORRY FOR THE SHADOWS ON THE PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE CAMERA.
As he passed to the north of Arras he could see the ground crew furiously winching the balloon down, and although aware of the danger of attacking normally heavily defended balloon installations, couldn't resist the opportunity to make an attack.
Putting his Camel into a dive he swooped down pumping some 400 rounds into the target. With the balloon now hauled down around 1000 feet, the observer aboard had just seconds to make his escape, leaping from his basket and pulling at his parachute in the same motion.
Robert Taylor's new painting captures the scene a few moments later: the balloon is aflame, the basket and a tangle of ropes and guys, binoculars, telescopes and maps plummeting towards the ground. The observer's parachute snaps open, as Henry Botterell banks his fighter clear of his victim - close enough to see the fear in his eyes that he too may fall victim to the Camel's guns. However, in the traditions of gallantry that prevailed among World War I fighter pilots, Henry merely waved a salute before heading back to base - no sense in waiting around to identify whether the other aircraft that had suddenly appeared were friend or foe.
Below the drama, the rolling landscape of northern France unfolds, pockmarked with bomb craters yet tranquil in its natural rural beauty.
One of the very last opportunities for aviation art enthusiasts and collectors to acquire a print by Robert Taylor individually hand-signed by a First World War fighter pilot: Henry Botterell, now 100 years of age, is believed to be the last living fighter pilot of all nations who fought in the First Great War.
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