"The Art and Imagery of Robert Williams is a limited-edition portfolio of 2,000 copies."
Robert Williams' first portfolio. With eight color plates reproducing eight paintings, including Appetite for Destruction, Hot Rod Race, and Rooster's Lament.
Signed and numbered on the folder. An Artist Profile and Notes on the Plates by Robert Williams are printed on the folder.
Limited edition portfolios were a phenomenon of the 1970s and 80s. They grew out of a greater appreciation of comic and fantasy artists. Middle-Earth lead the way publishing a 1973 portfolio of Frank Frazetta drawings that quickly sold out its 500-copy print run. It was followed by Barry Smith's Tupenny Conan Portfolio in 1974 and another Frazetta portfolio, The Lord of the Rings, in 1975. This lead to a decade of large format, limited edition portfolios: a suite of new illustrations created without restrictions or censorship, with better printing on better paper, reproduced in a large size, to fully appreciate the artwork.