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Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition

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Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition
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Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition signed by Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO DSO DFC WW2 RAF Battle of Britain Veteran. This is from the Limited Edition number 1223 1250 published in 1991 and is supplied with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, and Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (1914 1995) who was a Royal Air Force officer, flying ace, courtier and author. He was equerry to King George VI from 1944 to 1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to 1953. Townsend notably had a romance with Princess Margaret, the Queens only sibling. After his divorce, Townsend and Princess Margaret formed a relationship and decided to marry. He had met her in his role as an equerry to her father, King George VI. Divorcees suffered severe disapproval in the social atmosphere of the time and could not remarry in the Church of England if their former spouse was still alive. When news of the relationship appeared in the press, the government posted Townsend to a position as air attaché at the British Embassy in Brussels. On 31 October 1955, Princess Margaret issued a statement ending the relationship. The print measures approximately 28 inches x 21.5 inches. This print has been stored flat, out of the light and is in virtually the same condition as it was almost 30 years ago. It is extremely hard to find this print in this kind of condition. Print historical detail: This symbolic piece portrays Group Captain Peter Townsend, Commanding Officer of 85 Squadron, during the long, hot summer of 1940. Fresh from the heat of battle over London and the Thames, he wearily turns his Hurricane towards home to refuel, re arm and re-join the fight. Of all air combat paintings this one, in particular, resonates with those who love the immortal Hawker Hurricane and the legendary pilots who flew them. During the Battle of Britain they accounted for no less than four out of every five enemy aircraft destroyed, and one of the greatest exponents of the Hurricane was Peter Townsend, probably the finest and most respected fighter leader to serve with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. All autographs come with a Certificate of Authenticity. We combine postage on multiple winning lots and can ship worldwide. UK postage from £4.99, EU from £6.99, Rest of World from £8.99.
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Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition

Estimate £80 - £120
Feb 24, 2021
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0055: Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition

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Est. £80 - £120Starting Price £80
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Feb 24, 2021 5:00 AM EST
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Robert Taylor Defence of the Realm Limited Edition signed by Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO DSO DFC WW2 RAF Battle of Britain Veteran. This is from the Limited Edition number 1223 1250 published in 1991 and is supplied with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, and Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (1914 1995) who was a Royal Air Force officer, flying ace, courtier and author. He was equerry to King George VI from 1944 to 1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to 1953. Townsend notably had a romance with Princess Margaret, the Queens only sibling. After his divorce, Townsend and Princess Margaret formed a relationship and decided to marry. He had met her in his role as an equerry to her father, King George VI. Divorcees suffered severe disapproval in the social atmosphere of the time and could not remarry in the Church of England if their former spouse was still alive. When news of the relationship appeared in the press, the government posted Townsend to a position as air attaché at the British Embassy in Brussels. On 31 October 1955, Princess Margaret issued a statement ending the relationship. The print measures approximately 28 inches x 21.5 inches. This print has been stored flat, out of the light and is in virtually the same condition as it was almost 30 years ago. It is extremely hard to find this print in this kind of condition. Print historical detail: This symbolic piece portrays Group Captain Peter Townsend, Commanding Officer of 85 Squadron, during the long, hot summer of 1940. Fresh from the heat of battle over London and the Thames, he wearily turns his Hurricane towards home to refuel, re arm and re-join the fight. Of all air combat paintings this one, in particular, resonates with those who love the immortal Hawker Hurricane and the legendary pilots who flew them. During the Battle of Britain they accounted for no less than four out of every five enemy aircraft destroyed, and one of the greatest exponents of the Hurricane was Peter Townsend, probably the finest and most respected fighter leader to serve with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. All autographs come with a Certificate of Authenticity. We combine postage on multiple winning lots and can ship worldwide. UK postage from £4.99, EU from £6.99, Rest of World from £8.99.

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