The Museum Collection

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by Ferdinand Horvath

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Creator: Ferdinand Horvath
Date: ca. 1930
Format: Watercolor and Pencil on Paper
Source: Museum Purchase
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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Hungarian-born artist Ferdinand Horvath (1891-1973) is best known for his work with Walt Disney during the 1930s. From 1934-37, he work for Disney on several projects including advertising, illustrations for a pop-up book, painting backgrounds, making layouts, and constructing three dimensional models. He contributed to a number of Mickey Mouse shorts and Silly Symphonies. He produced concept sketches for a number of well-known cartoons, including Snow White and Brave Little Tailor. After leaving Disney, Horvath worked for a year at Columbia/Screen Gems before leaving to design puppets for George Pal's Puppetoons.

Horvath's work as a writer and book illustrator is no less important. He wrote the book Captured! about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War I, and, in 1930, he illustrated an edition of "The Raven." The portrait of Poe Horvath produced as a frontispiece for this edition is similar to the present drawing.