Preliminary cover design for Penny Candy, by Edward Fenton.
Preliminary cover design for Penny Candy, by Edward Fenton.
(Gorey, Edward)

Preliminary cover design for Penny Candy, by Edward Fenton.

Gorey, Edward (illus.)

c. 1970. Watercolor and ink on paper, measuring 8 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. Archivally matted and framed. Preliminary artwork for the cover design of Fenton’s book, a fantasy story based on the English “Tinker Tailor” rhyme. A copy of the trade paperback edition of the book, which was published by Holt in 1970, is included in a sleeve affixed to the back of the frame. The key differences between this preliminary drawing and the finished work are most discernible in the five children standing in front of the candy counter: in the preliminary artwork, the children’s clothing is colored, their arrangement is different, as is their height in relation to the counter. Gorey also used some ink flourishes to make the titling, which lines up vertically on either side of the central image, appear more like pieces of candy. This was not used in the published version. Gorey’s watercolor work for published books seldom appears on the market. Very fine in an attractive black acrylic and resin frame. Item #24858

Price: $6,500.00

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