The Fourth Postman was originally written by Craig Rice in 1948, though this image was never used as a cover for later editions of the book. Laid thick with reds, the clever use of a cool highlight on the gun brings it out of hiding. Note also the apparent smears on the gunmetal, picked up almost effortlessly in breaks in the highlighting colour.
The original painting art board is approximately 40 cm wide x 55 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.