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Original Gollum Ink Illustration 1969?

Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 15:43:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hi guys I have come across a great original Gollum pen & ink illustration from 1969 that I don’t have any other information for! Can anyone help? It is signed but I’m awful at reading signatures!

What do you think? Thanks!

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Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 16:26:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This could mean ‘Fabian’
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 17:26:34 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ithildin wrote:

This could mean ‘Fabian’

That’s also how I read the signature.

And welcome Jamesviba7!
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 17:39:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 17:54:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I wonder if this Stephen Fabian is Steve Fabian who had artwork in Mythlore? This image is familiar to me but I can't locate where it is from but it definitely has a Steve Fabian style to it.

EDIT: The article refers to him as Stephen and Steve so clearly is the same artist.

I have a recollection of this image from a journal, I will keep looking.
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 17:58:34 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This may not be from 1969 but a numbered print 5 of 69, not sure in this case.
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 18:01:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The style seems a good match with Stephen Fabian, and he was illustrating from 1965 onward and has done other Middle-earth related art, definitely. Sadly, the "Contact me" form on his website is broken.

https://www.stephenfabian.com/
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 18:15:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It’s definitely a pen & ink original drawing..
Nov 26, 2020
2020/11/26 18:17:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Shame the contact is isn’t working on his website!
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