DescriptionRowena Morrill - "King Dragon" Paperback Cover Painting Original Art (Ace Books, 1980). This is one of Rowena's most famous images, the iconic cover to King Dragon by Andrew J. Offutt. This particular image gained notoriety when The New York Daily News reported that Saddam Hussein had the work hanging in a secluded townhouse during his fall in Baghdad -- but that particular painting turned out to be a mere copy. Rest assured that this is the real deal. It hails from a private collection and is offered on the marketplace for the first time since the early eighties. This cover scene was based on a fantasy illustration originally drawn by Esteban Maroto for a proposed Ace Books illustrated edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core. When that Ace Books project ultimately fell through, the publishers commissioned Offutt to write a novel around the Maroto illustrations. The end result was the novel King Dragon. This stunning cover painted by Rowena is actually based upon Maroto's Pellucidar drawing of the sacrifice of a girl to a mahar. In any case, Rowena's classical training is showcased in this first-rate fantasy masterwork. With an image area measuring 15" x 25", the painting is framed, and in Excellent condition.
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