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on 5 June 2009
This is the first maritime painting book by the author who is better known as an aviation artist.
After a prologue by the author there are 32 paintings of naval sscenes or ships covering the period 1798(the battle of the Nile)to 1998 (the decomissioning of the Britannia)
Two pages are devoted to each painting,the first page gives a short account of the subject with some subsidary drawings while the other page illustrates the ship or scene.My favourites are a)HMS York and b)the battle for Malta.
Three pictures -the Queen Mary,the East Asiatic Squadron and the Channel dash have their impact totally destroyed by being printed over one and a half pages with the crease down the middle.(when will publishers ever learn to present their product in the best possible light)
The forward by Edward Heath does the book no credit and the painting of his yacht is quite out of place with the other paintings which are excellent.
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on 26 November 2012
Robert Taylor is without equal in his field. And painting ships is what he really likes to do (even more than painting aircraft) think about that ! I'm lucky enough to own all of Robert Taylor's other Aviation Art books and this is a really top quality, informative, endearing and thoroughly enjoyable addition. The quality of the subjects chosen, the composition, the painting itself, the research that goes into itand the communication of this to the reader makes this worth every penny!
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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!
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on 13 March 2013
Very evocative and atmospheric paintings of maritime subjects. I would love to see these as originally painted but this will definitely do till then.
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on 16 March 2009
Having bought many books showing the work of maritime artists I can honestly say that Robert Taylor,s work stands against any. His rendering of sea and sky is unsurpassed, with a subject matter ranging from the Battle of Trafalgar to World War 2, Falklands and modern day shipping. I would have prefered though a more explanetory write up on the actual painting process and how he managed to render such fantastic paintings. I wish the book was bigger but I know that the artist usualy paints aircraft. I bought the book for £20 which seems a bit overpriced for the amount of pages. Around £13 is fine though......
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on 6 June 2016
Absolutely brilliant!
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