This depicts my imagined scene of Henry Morgan dictating a letter to the President of Panama demanding payment to prevent 'their' sacked port city of Portobello from being set fire. I imagined part of the city already burning, hence everyone laughing. Inspired by Ilya Repin's painting, "The Reply of the Zaporozhain Cossack", writing to the Turkish Sultan.
In 1979, I did a series of mass market covers for books by Robert Stallman. Centipede Press has bought the rights to this series and hired me to do the covers again. I reread the story and am still happy with the original concept for the first book, The Orphan. However, the publisher wants a wraparound dust jacket with art extending to the dust flaps. I made a new oil painting for a double spread frontis illustration.
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