Friday, October 28, 2011

A Clutch of Vampires Cover by Edward Gorey

This orignal pen and ink drawing by Edward Gorey was intended as a book cover illustration for Raymond T. McNally's anthology A Clutch of Vampires. It was used instead as an interior illustration. The artwork features five gracefully floating vampires and Gorey's masterly hatching technique.

EDWARD GOREY (American 1925 - 2000)
A Clutch of Vampires, circa 1973
Ink on paper
8.25 x 5.25 in.
Not signed

Sold for:$5,676.25 (includes BP )

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This piece, published as an illustration on page 178 of the anthology, A Clutch of Vampires: These Being Among the Best from History and Literature, by Raymond T. McNally, was originally intended for use on the cover. The piece was published in 1974 by the New York Graphic Society. From the Frank Collection.
Gorey, Edward St. John:. American illustrator and author, 1925-2000
Condition Report*:
This piece has been framed to an overall size of 16" x 13", and the art is in Excellent condition.

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