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EDWARD GOREY. "and the premier showing of the Edward Gorey fur collection for men." Pen and ink on paper. 89x114 mm; 3 1/2x4 1/2 inches, image, on 183x263 mm; 7 1/4x19 3/8 inches, sheet. Signed in brown ink, lower right. Faint toning around image, registration marks and a measurement in Gorey's hand, lower margin. Archivally matted and framed. 1979.
This drawing is one of two illustrations created for the exhibition brochure for Ben Kahn Furs Corp. The famous New York furrier commissioned Gorey, a Kahn fan most always found wearing his ubiquitous fur coat, to design a line for them. Gorey designed 30 coats for the 1979 Edward Gorey Ben Kahn Fur show which was introduced in September 1979 and premiered at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. While some designs were fairly conventional, a few reflected the illustrator's more creative instincts including a "red-dyed collegiate-letter sweater made nutria"--Sarasota Herald Tribune, August 26, 1979. All drawings for this show are scarce as they were sold by Gorey through Gotham Book Mart in the 1990s.