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The Abbé

1895 (made)
Place of origin


Object details

Object type
TitleThe Abbé (popular title)
Materials and techniques
Indian ink on paper
Brief description
Drawing by Aubrey Beardsley, 'The Abbé', pen, ink and wash on paper. Drawing for illustration to Beardsley's story 'Under the Hill', published in The Savoy, no. 1, January 1896, p.157.
Physical description
  • Height: 250mm
  • Width: 175mm
Marks and inscriptions
  • Abbé Fanfreluche Smithers 1 Arundel Street W.C. (Inscribed in pencil on the back)
  • (Inscribed with a note for the blockmaker)
  • 11732 (Numbered in brown ink)
  • (Stamped in mauve with an unidentified collector's mark)
Credit line
Purchased with Art Fund support
Object history
Provenance: Sir Gerald Kelly; R. A. Harari

Drawing for illustration to 'Under the Hill' by Aubrey Beardsley, published in 'The Savoy', No. 1, London January 1896, p.157.
Associated object
E.442-1899 (Reproduction)
Bibliographic references
  • Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 145, fig. 118
  • Engen, Rodney. The Age of Enchantment. Beardsley, Dulac and their Contemporaries 1890-1930, London : Scala Publishers Ltd., 2007 no.63
  • Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002
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Record createdAugust 13, 2007
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