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Drawing - Le Morte Darthur
  • Le Morte Darthur
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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Le Morte Darthur

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1893-4 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and Indian ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR86

Physical description

A drawing in black ink on white paper depicting a stylised image showing a knight, wearing plate armour decorated with dragon's wings, standing between two trees.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca.1893-4 (made)


Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and Indian ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

"A Knight" / Shown at the exhibition of Bearsley's work at the Tate Gallery, no. 29 / By Aubrey Beardsley / Original of the illustration / on page 280 of 'La Morte D'Arthur' / published by Messrs Dent / 1893-4 / Size 6 3/8 x 2 5/8 in
Handwritten note accompanying object

17 Holland Park Avenue, / W / 16.8.10 / Dear Smythies / A line to say that the / Beardsley drawing of a / knight whch you are buying / from me is the original of / one of the illustrations to / 'Le Morte D'Artur', and / that I acquired it from / Dent the publisher of that book / Yours sincerely / Walter Emanuel
Handwritten note accompanying object


Height: 170 mm sheet, Width: 76 mm sheet

Object history note

Beardsley was commissioned by J. M. Dent to produce illustrations for his intended republication of Malory's romantic tale 'Le Morte Darthur'; it was Beardsley's first commission. This design was for the chapter-heading of Chapter XXXI, Book VII, of 'Le Morte Darthur' which was published between 1893-4 by Dent.

Descriptive line

Drawing by Aubrey Beardsley, of a young knight, design for the chapter heading of Chapter XXXI, book VII (p. 280 of vol. I and elsewhere), in Thomas Malory’s 'Le Morte Darthur', pen and ink on paper, London, ca.1893-4

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 297
Cruise, Colin. Pre-Raphaelite Drawing. London: Thames and Hudson Limited London, 2011. 248pp, illus. ISBN: 978-0-7093-0264-3.
chapter 3
Calloway, Stephen. Aubrey Beardsley. London: V & A Publications, 1998. 224pp, illus. ISBN: 1851772197.


Paper; Pen and Indian ink



Subjects depicted



Drawings; Books; Illustration; Myths & Legends; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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