Beardsley was the art director of the daring literary quarterly The Yellow Book
which ran from 1894-1897. He created the seminal graphic works that came to define the decadence of the era and scandalised public opinion.
The Yellow Book Volume I
20.9 x 17.5 cm
Date of work
Original: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, London 1894, 20.9 x 17.5 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.