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The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor

The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
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In tribute to all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day Robert Taylor has created his poignant new landmark painting. The Arizona has since become the focal point for the me...  >Read More
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The USS Arizona, just over an hour later.
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The companion print The Way We Were is issued with each print!
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Prints are signed by the artist and numbered

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  • 375 Signed & Numbered Editions....$320
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  • Signed by five (5) USS Arizona survivors!

  • Overall Print Size: Approx 33 1/2” x 22 1/4”
  • Overall Companion Print Size: 24” x 13 1/4”

  • Each edition comes with a companion print - the pencil concept sketch of
    "The Calm Before the Storm" by Robert Taylor!


  • In tribute to all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day Robert Taylor has created his poignant new landmark painting. The Arizona has 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.

    Description: Dawn had broken to reveal another glorious day in paradise, and on board the USS Arizona and 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 the Arizona, 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 0810, 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 the Arizona, devastating the mighty ship which would burn for two days, taking with her the lives of nearly twelve hundred men.

    Signed by the following USS Arizona survivors:

  • Quartermaster 3c Louis CONTER, USN
  • Lieutenant Commander Joseph LANGDELL, USNR
  • Seaman 1c Clarendon HETRICK, USN
  • Seaman 1c Lonnie COOK, USN
  • Chief Warrant Officer Edward WENTZLAFF, USN (Companion print)
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