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A Damosel with Peacocks In a Garden

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)


Pen and ink

6 ½ x 3 ½ inches

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, London: J M Dent & Co, 1893-94, Vol 1, Page 69, Heading to Book II, Chapter XIII, 'How Balin and the Damosel met with a knight which was in likewise slain, and how the Damosel bled for the
custom of a castle'; Vol 2, Page 332, Heading to Book VIII, Chapter XXIV, 'How Sir Tristram demanded La Beale Isoud for King Mark, and how Sir Tristram and Isoud drank the love drink'

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1837-2015', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2015-January 2016, No 42

Beetles Choice - 15 July 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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