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Self-portrait in bed

Print
1894 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Line block print depicting a small person in the centre of a large opulent bed. Only the face is visible underneath a large spotted nightcap, peeping around the bed curtains which are decorated with floral motifs and tassels. Lettered in French in the top left corner: 'Par les dieux jumeaux tous les monstres ne sont pas en Afrique' [By the twin Gods, not all monsters are in Africa], in reference to the artist's frail health and the danger of tuberculosis.

Object details

Category
Object type
TitleSelf-portrait in bed (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Line block print
Brief description
Line block print by Aubrey Beardsley depicting a self portrait of the artist in bed. Great Britain, 1894.
Physical description
Line block print depicting a small person in the centre of a large opulent bed. Only the face is visible underneath a large spotted nightcap, peeping around the bed curtains which are decorated with floral motifs and tassels. Lettered in French in the top left corner: 'Par les dieux jumeaux tous les monstres ne sont pas en Afrique' [By the twin Gods, not all monsters are in Africa], in reference to the artist's frail health and the danger of tuberculosis.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.5cm
  • Width: 10.4cm
Object history
This is one of 200 prints made by different photo-process techniques (E.358 to E.556-1899) which are reproductions, chiefly proofs, of designs and illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. They were bought from Mrs A. Gleeson White, 21st January 1899, and had formed part of the collection of Joseph Gleeson White (1851-1898), art historian and first editor of 'The Studio' magazine.
Bibliographic reference
Sturgis, Alexander, Rupert Christiansen, Lois Oliver and Michael Wilson Rebels and Martyrs : The Image of the Artist in the Nineteenth Century. London : The National Gallery, 2006 48
Collection
Accession number
E.429-1899

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Record createdNovember 1, 2006
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