SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Carnivorous plants, falling masonry, and uninvited guests fill the unique, imaginary world of American author and illustrator Edward Gorey (19252000). His stories and accompanying illustrations maintain a delicate balance between the hilarious and the horrific, often resembling childrens books. Gorey is well known to millions for his images used in the animated title sequence for PBSs program Mystery!
More than 175 of Goreys original works are included in this exhibition, organized by the Brandywine River Museum. Drawings for books, illustrations produced for other writers, and theatrical designs offer a rich exploration of the artists output. Among the book titles represented are The Blue Aspic, The Hapless Child, The Loathsome Couple, and The Unstrung Harp, as well as Goreys illustrations for T. S. Eliots Old Possums Book of Practical Cats. Costume designs for the comic operetta The Mikado, a backdrop for the ballet Giselle, and a set design for the play Dracula are included among his works for theatre.