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Peacocks In a Formal Garden

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)


Pen and ink

6 x 2 ½ inches

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, London: J M Dent & Co, 1893-94, Vol 3, Page 874, Heading to Book XVIII, Chapter XXIV, 'How King Arthur marvelled much of the jousting in the field, and how he rode and found Sir Launcelot'

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1837-2015', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2015-January 2016, No 54

Beetles Choice - 03 September 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. As crowds slowly return to London, there are just a few weeks remaining to catch the remarkable major Tate Britain exhibition of his work, which finishes on 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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