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New images & acquisitions

For the uninitiated, I run two different websites on Richard Amsel. The first is /, now going on its tenth year. It's primarily designed to document the artist's work, pay tribute to his life, and provide additional news on the general topics of illustration and movie poster art. This site,, is obviously more geared toward sharing the progress of the documentary. So when a newly discovered (rather, rediscovered or resurfaced) piece of art comes my way, I'll usually limit mention of it to the former page, to avoid redundancy.

But. times like now, I just can't help myself.

I've added some new images to the online gallery, including pics of Amsel's paperback book cover illustration for ELEANORA DUSE, and a 1971 portrait of Merv Griffin. The latter was kindly provided by Paul Devine, and you can read more about it here.

The ELEANORA (sic) DUSE piece (click here for more detail) was owned by Amsel's friend Michael Danahy, and, after years of covetation*, I finally bought it for display in my home. It's a poor man's collection -- if 4 pieces can be considered a "collection" -- but all are priceless treasures to me.

* For you members of the spelling and grammar police, I damn well know that "covetation" isn't a real word. It just sounds delicious, and appropriate for use here.

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