Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley

n.p. . 1898.

Pen and ink portrait of Aubrey Beardsley signed "T.B.B. '98". Image measures 117x77mm, on card (187x142mm), inside a border beneath which is inscribed "Aubrey Beardsley. Artist, died 1898, aged 24". The image is based on a self-portrait done by Beardsley in 1896 and shows him, in profile, in the form of a bust, in white against a black background. Some foxing to the margins and, lightly, in a few places on the portrait but overall a very good portrait which, in a few simple lines, captures the ethereal delicacy of one of the strangest and most influential talents of fin de siècle Britain.

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