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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)


Pen and ink

3 ¼ x 2 ¾ inches

Mark Samuels Lasner

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, London: J M Dent & Co, 1893-94, Vol 2, Page 404, Heading to Book IX, Chapter XX, 'How King Mark found Sir Tristram naked, and made him to be borne home to Tintagil, and how he was there known by a brachet'; Vol 3, Page 911, Heading To Book XX, Chapter III, 'How Sir Launcelot was espied in the Queen's chamber, and how Sir Agravaine and Sir Mordred came with twelve knights to slay him'

Linda Gertner Zatlin, Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonne, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016

'Beautiful Decadence', The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan, and Touring, April-May 1998, No 11; 'The Long Nineteenth Century: Treasures and Pleasures', Chris Beetles Gallery, March-April 2014, No 135; 'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1837-2015', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2015-January 2016, No 50

Beetles Choice - 03 August 2020

Aubrey Beardsley was only 26 years old when he died in 1898. The tuberculosis that killed him was contracted at the age of seven. In that short life beset by disease his unique artistic skills changed the look of black and white art forever. His genius is celebrated in a major Tate Britain exhibition of his work which runs from July 27th to September 20th. Beardsley's artwork is rarely seen on the market, being already captured and venerated in significant museum and private collections. Here at the gallery where we specialise in great British illustrations, you may view and purchase five beautiful examples illustrating Malory's La Morte Darthur, a commission he started at the precocious age of 20. An elegant essay on La Morte Darthur accompanies 19 examples illustrated in our 349 page fully illustrated Illustrators catalogue published in 2015: https://www.chrisbeetles.com/book/69/the-illustrators-the-british-art-of-illustration-1837-2015

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