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Print - The Stomach Dance
  • The Stomach Dance
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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The Stomach Dance

  • 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.432-1972

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Black and white line block print on Japanese vellum depicting Salome doing the dance of the seven veils. She is scantily clad, with her breasts and stomach exposed and wears a peacock feather headdress. There are a group of roses to her right, which are seemingly floating in mid-air. In the lower left hand corner of the image is a drooling grotesque figure playing a stringed instrument, whose phallus is barely disguised as part of his clothing.

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

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

Dimensions

Height: 223 mm image, Width: 162 mm image, Height: 343 mm sheet, Width: 273 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, 'The Stomach Dance', plate XI 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)

Howard Coutts Emile Gallé and the Origins of Art Nouveau The Bowes Museum, 2007.
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

Subjects depicted

Dancing

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Theatre; Books; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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