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United Nations, Welcome to Westport

Dublin Core

Title

United Nations, Welcome to Westport

Creator

Gurney, Eric

Format

12 x 18 inches

Identifier

1267

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Biography

Eric Gurney was a Canadian-American cartoonist and illustrator. He immigrated to the USA in 1938 to work with The Walt Disney Company, where he was a story writer and a collaborator on several classic Disney films. Turning freelance in 1948, he did cartoon illustrations for magazines and advertising campaigns. Gurney is well known for his humorous illustrations in books for children and adults. He received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award for 1961 and 1971 for his work.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Eric Gurney grew up in Toronto, where he began a career as a commercial artist. In 1938 he immigrated to the USA to work with The Walt Disney Company, where he was a story writer and collaborated on several classic Disney films, including Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter and the Wolf, and Pluto cartoons. Turning freelance in 1948, he did cartoon illustrations for magazines and advertising campaigns, notably for the Ethyl Corporation.
Gurney is best known for his humorous illustrations in books for children and adults. He illustrated Punctured Poems (1971) by Richard Armour; How to Live with a Neurotic Dog (1960) (text by Stephen Baker); How to Live with a Calculating Cat (1962) (text by William Nettleton); an edition of Sportsmanlike Driving (1965), a textbook published by the American Automobile Association, and many other titles, whose total sales number in the millions.
He received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award for 1961 and 1971 for his work.
His first wife, Nancy Gurney, was his collaborator on several books including The King, the Mice, and the Cheese (1965). He was also the illustrator of other notable Beginner Books including The Digging-est Dog and Hand Hand Fingers Thumb. After her death, Gurney married Nancy Prevo. They also collaborated on The Return of the Calculating Cat. In later years they resided in Tucson, Arizona.

Category

WSPAC

Media

Pen and ink

Media Details

Pen and ink, black and white

Donor

Estate of Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen

Citation

Gurney, Eric, “United Nations, Welcome to Westport,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed November 18, 2019, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/1354.

Item Relations

This Item dcterms:relation Item: Westport Town Hall
This Item dcterms:creator Item: Eric Gurney