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Print - The Woman in the Moon
  • The Woman in the Moon
    Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, born 1872 - died 1898
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The Woman in the Moon

  • 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.422-1972

  • 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 two figures, with a naked man and a woman in a long gown, standing to the right of the image. They look towards the moon which has the caricatured features of Oscar Wilde in its face and is superimposed with a rose as well as partially concealed by black clouds.

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 I'
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: 225 mm image, Width: 157 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. 80: 'Although in no real sense an illustration to the action of the play, the scene is suggested by the author's poetic description of the appearance of the moon; Beardsley caricatured Wilde's broad features in the face of the moon.'

Descriptive line

Print by Aubrey Beardsley, 'The Woman in the Moon', plate I 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)

Philippe Thiébaut, ed. Art Nouveau Revival Paris: Musee d'Orsay, 2009. ISBN: 978-2-35433-040-8.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1972
p. 81
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

Moon

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Theatre; Books; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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