Americana Fall 2002
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In Universal's 1932 release The Mummy Karloff played a dual role. He is first seen as the 3,700 year old mummy named Imhotep, resurrected by a British archaeologist who goes insane from the knowledge that he has resurrected the dead. Ten years later, the mummy Imhotep has assumed the guise of a mysterious native Egyptian named Ardath Bay. He guides a newly organized archaeological expedition to a temple, hoping that they will unearth the body of his long dead lover. It is in this second guise that the artist has portrayed the master of horror. The portrait captures Karloff as he starts to reassume his true, ancient aspect. It is wonderfully done in earth tones, capturing forever the great actor in one of his most recognizable roles. An outstanding original artwork by George A. Bush, one of the most published paperback book cover artists of the 1980's and 1990's. Item: Original oils on board painting of Karloff in his role as Ardath Bay. It measures 15 by 20 inches and is signed "Bush" in the lower right corner. Date and publication are unknown.
Original Painting of Karloff as Ardath Bay from "The Mummy" by Bush
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