Return of the Jedi Portfolio by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Portfolio, Plates 15-20 (1983)

Return of the Jedi Portfolio by Ralph McQuarrie

Here are the last six plates from The Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Portfolio published by Ballantine Books in 1983.

Released to cash-in on the huge success of the third Star Wars film, the portfolio featured 20 full-colour production paintings by one of the trilogy’s concept artists, Ralph McQuarrie.

Portfolio sets for both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back had proved a huge hit with fan (click here for a closer look at the Star Wars portfolio). But unlike the collections for the first two movies – which featured early concept and production paintings – the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Portfolio featured paintings McQuarrie made after filming was completed.

Return of the Jedi Portfolio by Ralph McQuarrie
The caption sheet from the portfolio

Priced at $9.95 ($25 when adjusted for inflation) The Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Portfolio contained twenty 15.5 x 11 inch paintings printed on high-quality paper. A caption sheet, with descriptions for each painting, as well as a biography of McQuarrie was also included, and the set shipped in a sturdy fold-out cardboard folder.

Below are the third set of prints from the portfolio – Plates 15 to 20 – which are all from the film’s third act, the destruction of the Death Star. Click here for Plates 1 to 8, and here for plates 9-14.

I also have The Empire Strikes Back Portfolio in my collection, and I’ll be highlighting the set in the next week or so.

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Plate 15

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Plate 16

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Plate 17

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Plate 18

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Plate 19

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Plate 20

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