Artist profile: Edward Gorey – Dracula

Artist profile: Edward Gorey – Dracula

Every month, I profile an artist who inspires my own art,
in several segments.

 

Lucy and the Cave, concept art for the Broadway play (1977)
Lucy and the Cave, concept art for the Broadway play (1977)

Edward Gorey first read Dracula at age five. He continued to interact with that story for many decades after; one could say that the horror of Dracula became instilled in his artistic style.

Gorey illustrated Dracula in the 1950s when he worked for Doubleday. There’s an edition published by Barnes and Noble in 1996 that I believe (I hope) is the same as the 1950s version, titled Dracula: The Definitive Edition.
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In 1977, Dracula came to Broadway and Edward Gorey made his mark on the production. He designed the costumes, for which he won a Tony award, and the sets. The costumes, which are in the style of the 1930s, bring the 19th-century horror tale into a (somewhat) more modern setting.

Costume designs for Mina Murray, Dr. Van Helsing, Lucy Westenra
Costume designs for Mina Murray, Dr. Van Helsing, Lucy Westenra

The best part of the 1977 Dracula is, of course, the stunning sets. Paired with sparse furniture, Edward Gorey’s illustrations form the entire environment of the play.

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Jeremy Brett in Dracula (1977)
Jeremy Brett in Dracula (1977)

Edward Gorey’s Dracula: A Toy Theatre replicates the main set and characters for you to put on your own mini play, so if you’re into mini things, check it out.

Next week, for my last Gorey post, I’ll expand a little more on Gorey’s costumes and fashions.

Other parts in the Edward Gorey artist profile series
Introduction
John Bellairs

Fashion

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