Auctions | August 24, 2020

Original Edward Gorey Art to be Auctioned

Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders Auctions

Edward Gorey's "Tattooed Man and Associate."

Los Angeles – Three Edward Gorey original art pieces will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on August 27, 2020.

Tattooed Man and Associate

This Edward Gorey original artwork, rendered in pen, ink and watercolor is informally titled ''Tattooed Man and Associate.’’ This charming, somewhat absurdist artwork by Gorey was likely completed in the early 1950s, showing a man covered in swirly tattoos speaking to his companion in the library, with amusing touches such as the man holding a miniature person or statue, and a chamber pot next to the reclined reader.

Tales of Good and Evil

The original artwork was done for the cover of Nicolai Gogol's short story collection, "Tales of Good and Evil," unpublished but closely matching the final cover, with slightly different colors on the lady's dress and man's coat. This was completed by Gorey circa 1956, at which time Gorey worked as an illustrator for Doubleday Anchor. This artwork beautifully exemplifies Gorey's Victorian-Gothic sensibility.

Alphabet Postcards

The complete set of 13 illustrated postcards, hand-drawn and watercolored by Gorey under his pseudonym Dogear Wryde, and includes the illustrated envelope entitled ''Dogewar Wryde Postcards / Interpretive Series,’’ along with the signed limited edition card noting this set as #27 of the limited edition of 50. Gorey completed this whimsical set in 1979, each showing his booted lizard interpreting words beginning with the letter ''I'', such as Insouciance, Inquisitiveness and Indigestion.

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