This striking line block print was produced in 1893 to accompany the Oscar Wilde play Salome
. The image depicts a woman, assumed to be Salome, in a long flowing robe and headdress adorned with peacock feathers. She is standing beside a male figure in pleated robes and a highly decorative peacock.
The Peacock Skirt
22.8 x 16.3 cm
Line block print
Date of work
Original: From A Portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley’s Drawings Illustrating Salome by Oscar Wilde, John Lane, The Bodley Head, London 1907, Line block print, Sheet size: 34.5 x 27.5 cm Image size: 22.8 x 16.3 cm, Private Collection
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.