The caption reads: "An illustration for a Byzantine historical novel not yet written." This sums up what I was planning in mid-1973. This full-page journal illustration contains what were just stock characters at that point. From left to right: a prince, an Orthodox bishop, a street fighter, a nun, and a Muslim ambassador. They never made it into any piece of writing, though I did eventually produce an adventure story set in Late Roman times. Of this literary effort the less said the better. The round panel in the center contained a journal entry which I have blanked out for privacy.
Colored pencil, Graphos sepia ink, and watercolor on sketchbook page, 8 1/4" x 10 1/2", August 2, 1973. Click on image for larger view.