Robert Bailey – The Empire Strikes Back Part One

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Castle Fine Art is proud to present The Empire Strikes Back – Part 1; a unique collection of Robert Bailey original pencil drawings alongside original script pages from the film, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. This follows the previous sell-out collection of similarly paired artwork with script pages in the collection Revenge of the Jedi – The Lost Script released in May 2023.

In this collection, Bailey has illustrated scenes from the script Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), creating incredibly detailed pencil drawings. As well as being hand-signed by the artist, each original drawing bears two Lucasfilm stamps. The red stamp signifies the copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd, and the blue stamp provides the authenticity of Robert being a Lucasfilm-endorsed artist.

Each drawing is combined with a page of an original script used by Michael Ford (1928 – 2018), a set decorator and art director on the original production of the film. Michael Ford is known for his work on Titanic (1997), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as well as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Ford’s outstanding work on these films has been recognised several times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, earning him nominations for ‘Best Art Direction – Set Direction’ for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

These authenticated script pages show an insight into the production process; as any script revisions happened, the entire page was re-printed on a differently coloured paper. Within this collection, there are five differently coloured pages, meaning five revisions of the script. Yellow pages are from 20th February 1979; white pages are from a revision on 28th February 1979; pink pages are from a revision on 19th March 1979; blue pages are from a revision on 23rd July 1979 and 22nd August 1979 and cream pages are from a revision on 24th August 1979.

Robert Bailey’s drawings and pages from Michael Ford’s script have been paired together, then mounted and framed in black mount and placed under museum-quality glass. The result is a collection of totally unique pieces which are prized by any Star Wars collector.

See the full collection here

The collection is officially launched on 11th January 2024

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