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Aubrey Beardsley   By: (1869-1918)

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AUBREY BEARDSLEY

[Illustration: MRS. PATRICK CAMPBELL Now in the Berlin National Gallery ]

[Illustration]

AUBREY BEARDSLEY

BY ROBERT ROSS

WITH SIXTEEN FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS AND A REVISED ICONOGRAPHY BY AYMER VALLANCE

LONDON: JOHN LANE, THE BODLEY HEAD NEW YORK: JOHN LANE COMPANY MCMIX

TURNBULL AND SPEARS, PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.

TO Sir COLERIDGE ARTHUR FITZROY KENNARD, Bart.

Illustrations

MRS PATRICK CAMPBELL Frontispiece Now in the Berlin National Gallery

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SIEGFRIED 12 Reproduced from the original in the possession of Mrs Bealby Wright

THE WOMAN IN THE MOON 14 From "Salome"

THE TOILETTE OF SALOME 18 From "Salome"

THE DANCER'S REWARD 20 From "Salome"

TAILPIECE 22 From "Salome"

DESIGN FOR A FRONTISPIECE 26 From "Plays" by John Davidson

THE WAGNERITES 28

ATALANTA 32

THE MYSTERIOUS ROSE GARDEN 36

ILLUSTRATION FOR "A NOCTURNE OF CHOPIN" 38

CHOPIN, BALLADE III. OP. 47 42 Reproduced by permission of Charles Holme, Esqre.

THE BARON'S PRAYER 44 From "The Rape of the Lock"

THE BATTLE OF BEAUX AND BELLES 48 From "The Rape of the Lock"

A DESIGN FROM "LYSISTRATA" 50

D'ALBERT IN SEARCH OF IDEALS 54 From "Mademoiselle de Maupin." Reproduced from the original in the possession of Mrs Bealby Wright

AUBREY BEARDSLEY

Aubrey Beardsley was born on August 21st, 1872, at Brighton. He was a quiet, reserved child, caring little for lessons, though from an early age he shewed an aptitude for drawing. He began his education at a Kindergarten. He was seven years old when the first symptoms of delicacy appeared, and he was sent to a preparatory school at Hurstpierpoint, where he was remarkable for his courage and extreme reserve. Threatened with tuberculosis, he was moved for his health to Epsom in 1881. In March 1883 his family settled in London, and Beardsley made his first public appearance as an infant musical phenomenon, playing at concerts in company with his sister. He had a great knowledge of music, and always spoke dogmatically on a subject, the only one he used to say, of which he knew anything. He became attracted at this time by Miss Kate Greenaway's picture books, and started illuminating menus and invitation cards with coloured chalks, making by this means quite considerable sums for a child.

In August 1884 he and his sister were sent back to Brighton, where they resided with an old aunt. Their lives were lonely, and Beardsley developed a taste for reading of a rather serious kind the histories of Freeman and Greene being his favourite works. He could not remain a student without creating, so he started a history of the Armada! In November of the same year he was sent to the Brighton Grammar School as a day boy, becoming a boarder in January 1885. He was a great favourite with Mr King, the house master, who encouraged his tastes for reading and drawing by giving him the use of a sitting room and the run of a library. This was one of the first pieces of luck that attended Beardsley throughout life. The head master, Mr Marshall, I am told, would hold him up as an example to the other boys, on account of his industry. His caricatures of the masters were fully appreciated by them, a rare occurrence in the lives of artists... Continue reading book >>




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