Ian Robertson, c.1960s, acrylic on board
Cover illustration for a later edition of the novel "Murder In Moscow" first published in 1951 by Collins. Andrew Garve is one of the pen names of Paul Winterton, accomplished journalist and founder member of the Crime Writers Association. This was Winterton's own favourite of his novels.
The illustration reduces the story to its essence - as do all Robertson's illustrations in this style. Character and dramatic conflict were often represented in the simple, careful juxtaposition of highly detailed objects on a plain background. He offered tempting clues to the narrative, rather than drawing on an explicit moment or theme.
The original painting is approximately 36 cm wide x 58 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.