Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Robert Eckert: The Duke's Gambit

I have not been recently blogging due to some volunteer work this summer. Thanks for your patience!

January 1987 saw the publication of The Duke's Gambit by Roberta Eckert, the only book Allan Kass illustrated for her. Andrea Howard has the number of the Duke of Haverford, and he's a womanizer in her book. She saves her cousin from a misstep with him, but wonders that she could be his next victim!

Allan Kass illustrates our couple sitting on a garden bench while a ball takes place in the room behind. Our hero wears black evening dress while our heroine wears a very low cut gown and simple silver trimmings. I like her bracelet and buttons, which give her gown a very Grecian appearance! Note the dancers in the crowded room along with the ornate windows and doors. Allan is the master of detail and I hope that you enjoy this picture! Click to enlarge!

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