Page 41 – gathered in celebration (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

We have a major illustration here that takes up a full half page. In it, Princess April stands upon the lip of a flagon filled with wine. Coverless, it stands next to an identical vessel, also filled to the brim with wine. As she stands on the lip, she pours “sand” into the nearest jug.

"By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration." ~ Danny Garrett, Restoration artist

“By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration.” ~ Danny Garrett, Restoration artist

The sand, generously given over by the Sandman, was intended for the guests in order to make them fall asleep. This is an interesting image – one well composed. In the center of the picture is an open window into the night; this element anchors the piece dead center. Eclipsing the opening are the two flagons, with April and the sack of sand. The solidness of these four images moves the eye away from the window and the center and brings the gaze in a southwesterly direction. To offset this, Letitia has positioned a coat of arms on the wall and below that, two small cups — with the lower one mostly out of frame. By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration.

The illuminations, five in number, are arrayed to the right and bottom of the half page of text. The first illuminations is that of the twin jugs, here rendered fully – though one

The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filagree flanking its sides

“The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filigree flanking its sides.”

appears larger than the other. The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filigree flanking its sides. Next we have the one illumination that appears on practically every page – the Princess coronet.. The last two are also familiar illuminations, a key and an image of the tower beneath a waving banner.

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Danny Garrett

About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

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