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The Peacock Skirt

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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.


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Brief Description
Print by Aubrey Beardsley, 'The Peacock Skirt', plate V 'Salome' by Oscar Wilde'.
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.
Dimensions
  • Image height: 177mm
  • Image width: 128mm
  • Sheet height: 240mm
  • Sheet width: 180mm
Style
Production typeMass produced
Object history
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.'
Association
Literary ReferenceOscar Wilde's 'Salome'
Collection
Accession Number
C.22146:2

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record createdAugust 18, 2015
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