Guarding the Line
by Richard Taylor
To the men of the great armies who slugged it out on the battlefields of Flanders, the clay soil
was at best a challenge. But when it rained, as it often did, the ground quickly turned into a
quagmire of deep, oozing mud capable of devouring man, beast and machine without qualm.
And, when the heavens opened, conditions in the front-line trenches were often appalling;
illnesses such as the
Yet compared to the conditions endured by the British, French and Belgians, it was the Germans who quickly established the envy of their enemies with a reputation of building the best trenches of them all. Well-buttressed and reinforced with stout timber and sandbags filled with clay, German trenches were often highly sophisticated with creature comforts such as electric lighting, good sanitation and fortified underground crypts complete with dormitories, sick bays, dining rooms and well-protected food supplies.
Highly acclaimed for his detailed pencil work, artist Richard Taylor has supplemented his already popular series of prints commemorating The Great War with this comprehensive piece, Guarding The Line. Showing great insight into the lives of ordinary soldiers, he portrays troops of the Imperial German Army in one of their well-constructed fortified redoubts situated amidst the zigzag of the front-line trenches.
In the past few months heavy fighting along the Somme has been intense but now that the action
has subsided, the men can afford time to rest behind the sturdy walls of their position in the
company of the unit’s pet dog. Whilst some keep eyes and weapons trained on the muddy and
battle-ravaged ‘no-man’s land’ between themselves and the enemy, their colleagues find time for
a well-earned cup of ‘coffee’ but, with the Allies blockading much-needed overseas supplies to
German ports, the ‘coffee’ is probably ersatz, made from boiled acorns - nevertheless it’s hot and
welcome - as is the presence overhead of a pair of Albatross fighters flying a low-level patrol on
the lookout for any unexpected movement from nearby British Army units.
Each medal was awarded to a member of the German Army for bravery on the field of battle. Sadly, the exact number of these issued during the war is not known after the Prussian military archives were destroyed during World War II.
|Overall size: 25¼" x 18¾"||Available in the following editions|
|35||Great War edition||Signed by the artist - includes matching numbered book shown below - Very low inventory||$695|
|5||Artist's proof||As above - SOLD OUT||$795|
|15||Remarque||As above - SOLD OUT||$995|
|10||Double remarque||As above - SOLD OUT||$1395|
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Regarded as one of the most gifted exponents of pencil drawing in the industry, Richard Taylor will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of these prints.
Double remarques, issued with the serious collector in mind, are even larger and more elaborate, and are limited to just ten copies worldwide.
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