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MARILEE HEYER. "Reena in the Vines." First version of the illustration from Heyer's book "The Forbidden Door" (New York: Viking Kestrel, 1988.) Watercolor and pencil on board. 420x310 mm; 16 1/2x12 1/4 inches. Signed in image, center right; titled and signed on verso.
This work was the first watercolor Heyer created for Reena in the Vines, which would become her first published book. While this image shows Reena as Heyer imagined her, it was ultimately unused in the final version of the book because the editors requested that she re-work the character's face to appear younger.