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Print - Design for List of Illustrations
  • Design for List of Illustrations
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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Design for List of Illustrations

  • 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.425-1972

  • 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 Salome on the left of the image in a long flowing robe and an elaborate hairstyle comprised of stylised roses, with her back to the viewer, although she is twisting around so her face is in profile. To her left is a tall lit candle, whilst to her right are two stylised butterflies.

In the bottom right hand section of the image is a kneeling grotesque Eros, the Greek god of love, with wings, mask and exposed breasts. Surrounding both figures is a profusion of stylised roses and leaves. There is a large empty rectangle on the right of the design for the text.

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

Dimensions

Height: 236 mm image, Width: 188 mm image, Height: 343 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.

According to Stephen Calloway in his book, Aubrey Beardsley, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 74: this image was initially designed as an alternative to the design for the title page, E.423-1972, 'in which the genitalia were very pronounced. Persuaded by Lane [the publisher] to rethink at least some details, Beardsley confessed in a letter to Ross, 'I think the title-page I drew for Salome was after all "impossible". You see booksellers couldn't stick it up in their windows. I have done another [version] with rose patterns and Salome and a little grotesque Eros, to my mind a great improvement on the last.' In the event, both versions appeared, the second being used for the 'list of pictures', whilst the original was allowed to stand as the title - but only once the offending elements had simply been blanked out.'

Descriptive line

Print by Aubrey Beardsley, 'Design for List of Illustrations', plate IV 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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