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    Virgil Finlay (American, 1914-1971)
    The Black Abbot of Puthuum, Weird Tales magazine interior illustration, March 1936
    Ink on board
    8 x 8 in. (sight)
    Signed and dated lower right

    This illustration was published as an interior illustration for "The Black Abbot of Puthuum" by Clark Ashton Smith in Weird Tales magazine, March 1936.

    Featuring a trademark Finlay beauty, this is one of the rarest and most desirable pen-and-ink originals we've ever offered by the SF and fantasy great, hailing from the classic era of Weird Tales, and illustrating a story by one of the famed publication's most important authors, Clark Ashton Smith. The provenance is as stellar as the usage: the artwork was given by Finlay to Smith, who gifted it to Rah Hoffman, an important figure in early fandom and art director of the 1940s fanzine The Acolyte, dedicated to the Lovecraft circle. Passing from Hoffman's estate, this stunning original has never been offered on the open market.




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