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  • The Peacock Skirt
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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The Peacock Skirt

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case CIRC, shelf RES, box 2

Physical description

Black and white print depicting a woman, presumed to be Salome, viewed from the back, in a flowing robe with a dramatic stylised peacock design on the skirt, as well as an elaborate headdress complete with stylised peacock feathers, some of which trail down her back. To her left is a stylised peacock within a decorative dotted, scalloped border, whilst on her right is a male figure, generally assumed to be the Young Syrian, with his left arm partially outstretched, wearing a pleated knee-length robe and a headdress.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Height: 177 mm image, Width: 128 mm image, Height: 240 mm sheet, Width: 180 mm sheet

Object history note

According to Stephen Calloway in his book, Aubrey Beardsley, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 66: 'Whilst retaining some slight reminiscences and mannerisms of Beardsley's Mantegnesque style, The Peacock Skirt, of all the Salome pictures, most clearly reveals his great debt to Whistler's painted decorations in the house of Frederick Leyland.'

Descriptive line

Print by Aubrey Beardsley, 'The Peacock Skirt', plate V 'Salome' by Oscar Wilde'.


Ink; Paper




Prints; Illustration

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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