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Fidei Defensor. Degas

Drawing
ca.1893 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The humour of this drawing resides in the incongruity of the head of the 'widow of Windsor' in her widow's weeds of black mourning dress and white bonnet - the Queen's usual apparel - surmounting the balletic legs of a Degas dancer. Inscribed is 'FIDEI DEFENSOR'


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and Indian ink and graphite on paper
Brief Description
Drawing by Aubrey Beardsley, 'Fidei Defensor. Degas', caricature in the form of a design for a coin showing Queen Victoria as a Degas ballet dancer, graphite, pen and Indian ink on paper, London, ca. 1893
Physical Description
A drawing in black ink on white paper depicting a caricature of Queen Victoria as a Degas ballet dancer.
Dimensions
  • Height: 133mm
  • Width: 134mm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • (Inscribed in graphite with notes)
  • 'FIDEI DEFENSOR / DEGAS' (Inscribed in ink)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Henry Herbert Harrod
Object history
Bequeathed by H. H. Harrod, 1948
Subjects depicted
Association
Summary
The humour of this drawing resides in the incongruity of the head of the 'widow of Windsor' in her widow's weeds of black mourning dress and white bonnet - the Queen's usual apparel - surmounting the balletic legs of a Degas dancer. Inscribed is 'FIDEI DEFENSOR'
Bibliographic References
  • Calloway, Stephen. Aubrey Beardsley. London: V & A Publications, 1998. 224pp, illus. ISBN: 1851772197.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and Department of Paintings, Accessions: 1948, Volume II, Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957
Collection
Accession Number
E.39-1948

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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