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The Sleeping Giant Awakes by Richard Taylor. (AP)


The Sleeping Giant Awakes by Richard Taylor. (AP)

Pearl Harbor - Monday December 8th, 1941. On Sunday December 7th, 1941, the free world had been stunned into disbelief by the treacherous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Giving no formal declaration of war, the devastating Japanese assault on the headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet had left over two thousand American servicemen dead, most of her battleships destroyed or damaged, and the remains of nearly 200 American aircraft lay in tatters. America reeled from the shock and sheer incredulity. But for Admiral Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the success of victory left a bitter taste. The main targets of his carefully orchestrated plan had been the US carriers but, as fate would have it, they were all at sea. Yamamoto knew in his heart that he would have to face those carriers one day, and when he did they would be the platform upon which America would unleash the brunt of her power against him. At 12.30 the following day President Roosevelt began his address to Congress, calling for the declaration of war on Japan. By 4.10pm America was formally at war, and five thousand miles away the first of the carriers, USS Enterprise, was returning to Pearl Harbor. Richard Taylor's painting depicts the Enterprise as she approaches Ford Island and the smoldering ruins that had been the Pacific Fleet. As ships still burn and the thick smoke hangs in the air, ever alert F4F-3A Wildcats of VF-6 fly an overhead patrol. Throughout the night the carrier will refuel and re-arm, and at dawn she will return to sea with a steel resolve and a new mission, to avenge Pearl Harbor. The Japanese failure to destroy the US carriers was a fateful mistake and, six months later, the Enterprise finally got her chance at the Battle of Midway, as the US carriers delivered one of the most decisive victories in the history of naval warfare, paving the way for victory in the Pacific.
Item Code : DHM6126APThe Sleeping Giant Awakes by Richard Taylor. (AP) - This Edition
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs.

Image size 27 inches x 16 inches (69cm x 41cm) Paper size 33.5 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm) Donis, James
Rubien, Bernard
Priest, Leo
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £45
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Other editions of this item : The Sleeping Giant Awakes by Richard Taylor.DHM6126
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 350 prints. Image size 27 inches x 16 inches (69cm x 41cm) Paper size 33.5 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm) Donis, James
Rubien, Bernard
Priest, Leo
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


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REMARQUELimited edition of 25 remarques. Image size 27 inches x 16 inches (69cm x 41cm) Paper size 33.5 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm) Donis, James
Rubien, Bernard
Priest, Leo
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £45
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Companion print Day of the Rising Sun

Admiral Nagumo had called his crews to readiness in the early hours. He was pleased, because for the past 11 days his fleet had steamed 4000 miles across the Pacific without detection. Now they were just a couple of hundred miles off the northern shores of Oahu. Anticipation was high and at 0610 hrs, he ordered the launch of the first wave of aircraft from the carriers.

With the rising sun glinting on their fuselages, Nakajima B5N Kate torpedo and high-altitude bombers, and Aichi D3A Val dive-bombers, head for the unsuspecting US Pacific Fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor. In less than two hours time the fate of the world will have been changed forever.

Companion print size 18.5 inches x 13.5 inches (47cm x 35cm)

Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Lt Col Bernard Rubien
*Signature Value : £20

After enlisting in the Army Air Corps in September 1940, he arrived at Pearl Harbor on December 10th, 1940.


Sgt Leo Priest
*Signature Value : £10

Initially in the National Guard he joined the regular US Army in September 1940 and was at the command post at Hickham Field on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack.


Staff Sgt James Anthony Donis
*Signature Value : £15

Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1940, he was posted to Oahu in January 1941 and as an Air Mechanic he was with Base Engineering at Wheeler Field when the attack took place.
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