Robert Taylor is well-known for his aviation paintings, which are gorgeous - but originally, he was a marine painter, inspired (as he says in the intro) by 15th and 16th century Dutch maritime artists. He is a true follower in that his paintings are very detailed as to the ships, but with a very true-feeling treatment of the sea in all her moods, and wonderful skies as well.
The earlies ships treated here are from the Napoleonic wars, going through the clipper era, some very evocative turn-of-the-century (19 to 20, I mean!) windjammers and barques, a glorious treatment of the German East Asiatic squadron in 1914, and a whole series of WWII paintings: German, American and English, from trawler to U-boot and from destroyer to battleship; and to top it all off the South Atlantic Task Force (the Falklands one), HMS York in 1984, a few ocean racing yachts and the royal yacht Brittania.
A very versatile artist, consistently high quality, and able to bring out real emotion - see HMT Sapphire battling the Atlantic swell, or three Spitfires seeing off German bombers over the Ohio on her way to Malta. Wonderful stuff!
P.S. The hardcover version of this book has exactly the same contents - only 20 percent larger!