Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Cover, 1982
© Iain McCaig

Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Cover, 1982

By Iain McCaig
About the image

This artwork was created after Iain McCaig had a talk with Ian Anderson, and tried to capture the concept of the music. To the delight of fans, he intentionally drew hidden “easter eggs” in the album art.

The runic symbols around the edge of the cover are from the Cirth rune system and are the opening lyrics to Broadsword: "I see a dark sail on the horizon, set under a black cloud that hides the sun. Bring me my broadsword and clear understanding. Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman."

The album was going to be called Beastie, responding to the first track on side one. But during production the band deliberated over the preference between Beastie and Broadsword, the first track on side two. In the end they decided (as on Aqualung) to give each side its own title and thus its own identity, and this time to combine both in the album title. As the artwork also puts much more emphasis on Broadsword, many owners and fans also refer to it as the "Broadsword" album.

Release Notes:
A brand-new limited edition of only 25 pieces is now available for collectors!

Each museum-quality limited edition print will be printed to order in California, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Each piece will be hand-signed and numbered by Iain McCaig. Please use the CHOOSE A SIZE button to view details & purchase the numbered prints. 

Collectors Notes:

PLEASE NOTE: Each Artist's Proof will bear a hand-drawn remarque by Iain McCaig!

Iain will add a unique design of his own choosing to each of the APs in the margin below the image. Since there are so few, these will be sold direct, please use the HAVE A QUESTION? button below to inquire and we'll be happy to send you details.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following the delivery of their new artwork.

This original artwork is available for sale as a set with its counterpart Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Back Cover, 1982

17.5" x 17.5" Artwork Size
Mixed-media, Watercolor painting on board
Signed, Original Artwork - Available

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Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Cover, 1982
Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Cover, 1982