Night Without End - Renato Fratini, Original artwork, 1964
1964, acrylic on board
For the 1964 Fontana edition of Alistair MacLean’s 1959 novel Night without End, Fratini captures the conflict of two men trapped on the ice after a crash-landing. It appears to depict a fight to the death, the eventual victim painted in aggressive red and bearing a gun.
The original painting art board is approximately 45 cm wide x 33 cm tall.
This artwork is sold with a copy of an original Night Without End paperback featuring the Fratini artwork.
Fontana Books reprinted Alistair MacLean’s 1962 novel The Golden Rendezvous in 1964. The macho hero raises a gun, he is dressed in white on a white background, so the red-clad woman he is protecting draws the eye.
The original painting art board is approximately 45 cm wide x 34 cm tall. The artwork is float mounted on to conservation grade mountboard and presented in a white wooden box frame glazed with anti-reflective glass.
Unfriendly Persuasion - Pino Dell’Orco, Original artwork, 1964
1964, gouache, pencil on board, 40 cm wide x 52 cm tall
The cover illustration for Consul Books’ 1964 publication of W.A. Ballinger’s book ‘Unfriendly Persuasion’ features a pale blue-green scene crossed through in black with the bars of a prison cell. The harshly lit figure inside is a cold and lonely image. Perfect for the story of a man reduced to murder to protect his cache of stolen money.
The artwork is sold with an original Unfriendly Persuasion paperback that features the Pino Dell’Orco illustration.
The original painting is approximately 40 cm wide x 52 cm tall.The artwork is float mounted on to conservation grade mountboard and presented in a white wooden box frame glazed with anti-reflective glass.
Highland Masquerade - Michael Johnson, Original artwork, 1964
1964 – 65, acrylic on board, 44cm x 45cm
Cover illustration for Highland Masquerade by Mary Elgin for Corgi Books. A romantic novel set the Scottish Highlands. Mary Elgin (1917-1965) wrote only three books that are known but is considered the closest thing to Mary Stewart. Her books are contemporary gothics with humour and charm.
Bang!, Michael Johnson, FRAMED, Original artwork, 1964
c. 1964-5, acrylic painting on canvas.
An early commission for short-lived London agency Dyad Marketing. Johnson interpreted the brief ‘Girl with a Gun’ using photographs in a sequence of poses arranged like a moving image. Influenced by American illustrators who were showing their work in art galleries, Johnson created this at a scale suitable for a gallery setting.
The original painting is approximately 100 cm tall X 200 cm wide. The artwork is on stretched canvas, framed in a white wooden box frame.
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