Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ineptitude and Frivolity

Over the span of more than 25 years, the work of Edward Gorey appeared in The New Yorkermagazine. Advertisements, spot illustrations, a cover design, and independent works appeared alongside the magazine's oblique cartoons, articles, and reviews. Edmund Wilson also famously reviewed Edward Gorey's early books in the magazine in December 1959.

Two wonderful pieces by Mr. Gorey appeared in 1993 as full page illustrations (magazine scans shown). The first appeared with the title, Artist's Notebook by Edward Gorey in the March 22, 1993 issue. The image shows Frivolity donning the Galoshes of Remorse. This fantastic image appears at the beginning of Amphigorey Again and can be purchased as a print from The Edward Gorey House HERE.

A seldom seen companion piece appeared in the May 10, 1993 issue entitled Blemished Escutcheons by Edward Gorey. This equally wonderful piece features Ineptitude being saved by World Success. Visually, the vignette for this piece is highly reminiscent of the images Mr. Gorey created for Mystery!.

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