Dec 14, 2023 - Sale 2656

Sale 2656 - Lot 44

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
EDWARD GOREY (1925-2000)
Fonthill Abbey with characters. Dust jacket illustration of cover and spine for Fonthill, a Comedy by Aubrey Menen (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1974). Pen and ink with white gouache touch-ups on paper, 1973. 216x184 mm; 8 1/2x7 1/4 inches (sheet); 11 1/4x9 1/2-inch sheet. Unsigned. Shooting annotations, registration marks, etc. at the margins of recto.

Gorey depicts the eccentric characters of Menen's novel, surrounding the grand tower of Fonthill Abbey. Pictured, clockwise from top left: a young William Beckford, the Hon. William Courtenay, the Scottish millionaire John Farquhar, and Lady Margaret Gordon.