Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Edward Gorey!

Today would’ve been Edward Gorey’s 86th birthday. Alas, he is no longer with us but I don’t doubt he can “hear” our birthday wishes. As my own homage to the Master of macabre wit, I offer photos of a recipe box I made several years ago (for one of the people I love most in the world, who is also a dedicated Gorey fan.)  The box is decoupaged with scenes based on EG’s drawings, combined with illustrations of vintage utensils and comestibles. I think Edward would’ve enjoyed it, and I hope you do, too.

The lid of the recipe box. Arsenical buns for all!

Front of the recipe box. Mr. Earbrass is perhaps having a nightmare?

Rear of box. Beware of attacking kitchen utensils.

Side of box. Green Gages and Crumply Bumplies for breakfast!

Other side of box. Welcome to Edward's kitchen.

The box open

Another view of open box

The interior features Victorian kitchen scenes. Don't they look cozy?


  1. This is amazing! I know your friend must love it and treasure it.

  2. What a superb gift. I was introduced to EG, and I may just have to point her in this direction :)

  3. Nigel, please do! I love hearing from other EG fans. He was one of a kind.

  4. I came as fast as I could ;)

    That is BRILLIANT work, Diane! I want one of those boxes!
    I have only read very few of his stories (online), but my box would be filled with images from the piece that immediately captured me: The Disrespectful Summons. It's not easy to find the book , unfortunately.
    Happy Birthday ,Ed ♥

  5. we can only imagine what Mr Gorey's receipts might have been? a great mix up here. pgt

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