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Edward Gorey Lithographs of Narrative Illustrations, Late 20th Century

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Edward Gorey (American, 1925 – 2000)
Donald and the… and The Blue Aspic, late 20th century
Two lithographs on paper
Signed to the lower right

Edward Gorey is one of the most well-known American illustrators of the second half of the 20th century. Known primarily for his macabre and frequently disconcerting illustrations of characters styled in Victorian and Edwardian fashions, his work is often monochromatic and focuses on his intricate linework. Pursuing little in the way of formal art education, Gorey attended Francis W. Parker School and finished a semester of classes at the Art Institute of Chicago before joining the U.S. Army in 1943, where he mostly served his time at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. After his service, he earned a degree from Harvard University and founded the Poets Theatre in Cambridge with roommate poet Frank O’Hara and other recent alumni. In 1950, he moved to New York and joined the art department at Doubleday Publishers and soon began writing and publishing his own works. He was a prolific artist and wrote and illustrated over one hundred books including The Doubtful Guest, The Epiplectic Bicycle, and his 1963 humorous yet ghoulish abecedarian work The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Gorey also continued a lifelong involvement in theatre, writing and performing elaborate evening-long puppet shows and working on set and costume designs for numerous companies, including his work on the Broadway revival of Dracula for which his costumes won the 1977 Tony Award.

  • Please note, this item may be rolled for storage and shipping.


- curling due to rolled storage; some toning to the sheets; some stains present; creases and fold marks throughout.


30.25" W x 24.5" H x 0.1" D

- measures each sheet.

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