Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gahan Wilson for the Thurber House

"There she is again!" The overbearing woman of of gigantic proportions originally created by James Thurber now peers onto the porch of Thurber House itself at 77 Jefferson Avenue in Columbus, the former home of Thurber's family. The original illustration by Gahan Wilson mostly is in his own style, but it also echoes one of Thurber's most famous images, that of the house indistinguishable from the imposing woman who dominates it.

Gahan Wilson, "There she is again!"
The Thurber House, 1985


The porch of Thurber House at 77 Jefferson Avenue in Columbus is depicted in the drawing by Gahan Wilson

Gahan Wilson's drawing for Thurber House is an homage to this famous James Thurber drawing.
James Thurber, The New Yorker, March 23, 1935, page 4
Thanks to Michael Maslin for helpin me locate the first publication of this drawing.

Wilson also created a limited edition print, which alludes to Thurber's classic short story "The Night the Ghost Got In."
Gahan Wilson, "I told you we should never have come to this terrible place!"
The Thurber House, #9 in an edition of 10[?]


The caption


The notorious staircase in Thurber House where the ghost haunted James Thurber's family is depicted in Gahan Wilson's print.
James Thurber's illustration to "The Night the Ghost Got In" inspires Gahan Wilson's print.

Note:  Attempted Bloggery has been mentioned once again on Ink Spill after solving one of those minor mysteries of the Thurber universe. Read all about it here.

Gahan Wilson's work lurks in various posts around the blog. See it here.

The website for Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio is here.

Gahan Wilson's work for the New Yorker may be found in the Cartoon Bank here.

Some of James Thurber's New Yorker work is in the Condé Nast Store here, but almost nothing is in the Cartoon Bank. I don't get it.

The documentary "Gahan Wilson:  Born Dead, Still Weird" by Steven-Charles Jaffe has a useful website here. The film is being screened in Beverly Hills from November 22 to 28.

Gahan Wilson's 2009 radio interview on the Leonard Lopate Show is archived here.

You can find the latest news about Gahan Wilson on Ink Spill here.

Similarly, news about James Thurber is on Ink Spill here.

There are also a few illustrations by Gahan Wilson on The Pictorial Arts blog here.

Additional posts about James Thurber may be seen here.

I heard on the news that some 40,000 books have been written about President Kennedy, but all I could manage was one blog post about him, which is here.

Tell me you haven't heard! The movie "Catching Fire" opens this Friday. You can read what I had to say about The Hunger Games trilogy here.


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