JAMES BARKLEY. "The Meeting." Illustration published in the novel The Estuary Pilgrim by Douglas Skeggs (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989). Watercolor, acrylic wash, and pencil on board. 610x450 mm; 24x17 3/4 inches. Unsigned. Adhered to window matte along verso edges.
This image of a moody, clandestine meeting over drinks was created for Skeggs's novel about an international art fraud involving a painting by Monet (titled "The Estuary Pilgrim") thought destroyed, but discovered among other Nazi-appropriated masterpieces in a Resistance ambush in 1944.