This piece was commissioned as a gift for a lawyer in New York who had two guest apartments overlooking Central Park. I was given the brief of, "Talk is cheap until lawyers get involved" and "A lawyer is someone who writes a ten thousand word essay and calls it a brief!". The client wanted to poke fun, highlighting the considerable wealth that lawyers who charge through the nose normally accrue!
Concept, Sketch & Layout
I chose to highlight the environment that the lawyer would find himself in, his castle, a place he would most likely peacock his ostentatious wealth, while also referencing the mammoth educational effort and work ethic it takes to put yourself in that position of prosperity. The initial draft went to an extreme instance of wealth: an original Van Gogh, rolls of dollar bills hidden behind clocks, precious stones so in abundance as to be scattered across the floor, gold bars stashed behind books, framed photo of his multi-million dollar yacht, a Waterford crystal decanter and a ruby studded crown and sceptre. We toned it down for the final draft so as not to be misconstrued as offensive!
In 1919, a solicitors firm was opened in Sligo by one Mr. W. H. Argue and one Mr. Talbot Phibbs. This very legitimate firm traded as 'Argue & Phibbs' and practised until 1944, only closing as both men had passed. This reference to Sligo was suggested by the client and a welcome one at that!