La morgue de préstamo (The lending morgue) 50cm x 65cm. Indian ink, crayon & pencil on drawing card £200

An early favourite of mine, and very flawed it is, too. I do like the categories of corpses, such as. . .

 

ahorcados (hanged), envenenados (poisoned), apuñalados (stabbed) pasados por agua (hard-boiled) & aplastados (flattened/splattered)

 

One reason why I think of it as flawed is precisely that the drawing depends too much on the captions above the drawers, whereas I was trying to get away from that reliance on words. I didn't & don't mind a drawing's title being integral too the content, but I want words in the content to take a back seat.

More influenced by Chas Addams than Ronald Searle