Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor Pearl Harbor with 5 USS Arizona veterans For Sale


Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor Pearl Harbor with 5 USS Arizona veterans
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Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor Pearl Harbor with 5 USS Arizona veterans:
$320.00

An outstanding two print set paying tribute to the veterans who fought at Pearl Harbor

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORMBy Robert Taylor

Dawn had broken to reveal another glorious day in paradise, and on board the USSArizonaand the repair ship USS Vestal alongside, the crew were taking it easy. All next week they would be hard at work preparing for sea, but today was Sunday, and that meant light duties.

On theArizona, the duty crew were preparing the stern of the battleship, erecting the awnings for the ships band at Morning Colors. The young officer in charge smiled approvingly, it was an inspiring scene and he thought that the recently overhauled battleship had never looked more impressive.

But within the hour he would glance skyward, and a frown of puzzlement crease his forehead as, out of nowhere, Japanese carrier-based aircraft were descending on the unsuspecting Naval base. As he registers the bright red circles on their wings, the blood froze in his veins. He realized that hell had come to Pearl Harbor!

Then, just before 08.10hrs, the unthinkable happened. A bomb from a Nakajima B5N Kate high-altitude bomber penetrated the ship’s armor plated deck and exploded in the forward magazine. Within seconds a cataclysmic blast ripped through theArizona, devastating the mighty ship which would burn for two days, taking with her the lives of nearly twelve hundred men.

In tribute to all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day Robert Taylor has created his poignant, landmark painting. TheArizonahas since become the focal point for the memorial at Pearl Harbor and this moving piece portrays this proud ship as those who survived would surely like to remember her – in all her glory prior to the attack.

Each print is issued with a matching numbered companion print 'The Way We Were'

THE COMPANION PRINT
THE WAY WE WERE – Pearl Harbor, Sunday 7th December 1941
Reproduced directly from Roberts working drawing, this outstanding companion print is issued with every edition of The Calm Before The Storm, creating a fitting commemorative collectors edition for the 70th Anniversary of this historic event.

THE SIGNATURES

No less than FIVE crew that were actually aboard theArizonaon that fateful day have come together to sign this special two print edition to commemorate their fallen comrades. Published seventy years after the tragic sinking of theArizona, this is likely to be the last time that so many of her survivors will be able to join together for such an historic event.

Quartermaster 3cLOUISCONTERUSN
Seaman 1cLONNIECOOKUSN
SeamanCLEARDONNETRICKUSN
Lieutenant CommanderJOSEPHLANGDELLUSNR
ChiefWarrant OfficerEDWARDWENTZLAFFUSN

Please note:The prints in my store are hand-signed by the veterans involved in thepainting so the signatures are original autographs and not reproductions.

The certificate of authenticity is included.CONDITION:My items are guaranteed to be in perfectcondition, any issues are clearly detailed in the description.

SHIPPING:As a former aviation art retailer I have shipped countless prints overthe years. My prints are rolled in acid free tissue and shipped in heavy dutytubes, and the shipping isinsured andguaranteed.

Ifyou are interested in more than one item I will always do my best to combinethe shipping to save costs – please just ask.


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