Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

EDWARD GOREY (1925-2000)

Untitled / Man lounging with hounds on a dreary day.

Illustration created in 1981, later reproduced in the 2008 Edward Gorey Postcard Planner (New York: Edward Gorey Enterprises, Inc., in conjunction with Artpost, 2008). Pen and ink on paper, 1981. 165x117 mm; 6 1/2x4 3/4 inches, image, on 9 1/2x7-inch sheet. Unsigned, but dated "15.v.81" (i.e. May 15, 1981) in Gorey's hand on verso. An accompanying manuscript note by Andreas Brown titles the note as "A Dog Day Afternoon," provides color indications for printing, and questions if it may have been used for a 2017 calendar.

Provenance: The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, consigned to support its mission of maintaining Gorey's artistic legacy and the animal welfare organizations he supported.

The image appears as one of 26 detachable postcards in the spiral-bound yearly planner. Another version of the drawing, with the same image reversed, was used several years earlier as a greeting card captioned: "I've thought about it long and hard, so now I'm sending you this card."