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Print - A Platonic Lament
  • A Platonic Lament
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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A Platonic Lament

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    1894 (first published)
    1907 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898 (artist)
    Lane, John, born 1854 - died 1925 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Line block print on Japanese vellum

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Harari, in memory of his father, Ralph A. Harari

  • Museum number:

    E.428-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 50, box E

Physical description

Black and white line block print on Japanese vellum depicting the dead prone figure of the Young Syrian partially obscured by a black covering, over which the naked Page bends, cradling the Young Syrian's head in his hands. Behind the Page is a plant adorned with leaves and flowers which is supported by three canes and is in front of a stylised tree. Towards the top right hand corner is a partial image of the moon, complete with face. Directly above the Young Syrian's face is a cut flower seemingly floating down towards the ground, whilst a jester-like figure crouches beneath his legs.

Place of Origin

London (made)
London (published)

Date

1894 (first published)
1907 (published)

Artist/maker

Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898 (artist)
Lane, John, born 1854 - died 1925 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Line block print on Japanese vellum

Marks and inscriptions

'PLATE VII'
Printed text in the lower left hand corner of the sheet.

Signed with the artist's monogram in the lower left hand corner of the image.

Dimensions

Height: 226 mm image, Width: 161 mm image, Height: 344 mm sheet, Width: 272 mm sheet

Object history note

From 'A Portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings illustrating 'Salome' by Oscar Wilde'. Second issue. Published by John Lane, London [1907]. With contents sheet in letterpress and 17 plates [E.422 to 438-1972] in a portfolio of grey-green paper boards, half bound in vellum, with green silk tapes, stamped in gold with title and the rose-bush motif from the 1894 edition. With the stamp of A. Lang Buchhandlung Moskau inside the front cover.

The plates are no longer in the portfolio but are now mounted separately.

Descriptive line

Print by Aubrey Beardsley, 'A Platonic Lament', plate VII from 'A Portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings illustrating 'Salome' by Oscar Wilde', published by John Lane, London, 1907, line block print on Japanese vellum

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1972
Calloway, Stephen. Aubrey Beardsley. London: V & A Publications, 1998. 224pp, illus. ISBN: 1851772197.

Production Note

First printed in 1894; this print is from the second edition, 1907.

Materials

Japanese vellum

Techniques

Line block

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Theatre; Books; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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