DescriptionMichael Whelan -"Flandry of Terra" Preliminary Illustration Original Art (Ace, 1979). Michael Whelan painted this stark, alien tableau as a preliminary study for the cover of Poul Anderson's Flandry of Terra. "Dominic Flandry, Agent of Imperial Terra. His duty, as officially defined: to seek out threats to the Pax Terrestria, and to neutralize them or, failing that, to call in His Majesty's military forces, who will end them in a more drastic and final way. As defined by Dominic Flandry: to stick his finger in the dike of civilization, to hold off for his lifetime the inevitable coming of the barbarians and the Long Night. To this end he battles gloriously, murders remorselessly, betrays outrageously. His justification? 'Supple young women clad in sunlight, blooded horses stamping of the plains of Ilion, smoke curling fragrant about coffee and cognac on Terra' -- in a phrase, all the joys and pleasures that, taken together, comprise human civilization." This exceptional acrylic on board painting, by a recognized master of the fantasy/science-fiction genre, has an image area of 6" x 8", and the art is in Excellent condition. From the collection of Richard and Wendy Pini.
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