Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Michael Ayrton Dustjackets for Peter Green

 
Peter Green was a Cambridge educated Classicist who wrote novels on classical subjects. These two from the 1950s have just come my way with their brilliant jacket illustrations by Michael Ayrton, better known as a painter and gallery artist Ayrton sometimes doesn't get the credit he deserves for his illustrative work. The books are, (above) the novelisation of the life of the Roman dictator Sulla, and (below) the life of the slightly mysterious Greek figure Alcibiades.


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