A fashionable literary quarterly which ran from 1894-97, The Yellow Book
was named after the colour of the covers into which controversial French novels were placed during that time. Aubrey Beardsley was the art director and produced many illustrations for the publication.
Cover Design for ‘The Yellow Book’
26 x 21.6 cm
Ink on paper
Date of work
Original: Ink on paper 26 x 21.6 cm Tate. Bequeathed by John Lane 1926
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98) was a draughtsman and illustrator, perhaps best remembered for his powerful illustrations of Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salomé. Although he died tragically young at the age of just 25, he was prolific in his work, producing hundreds of illustrations for books, periodicals and posters in a career spanning just under seven years. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style.