Beardsley sought inspiration from a diverse range of cultural influences including Japanese woodblock prints and the Rococo. He also responded to the work of other artists such as Edward Burne-Jones.
Virgilius the Sorcerer
23.3 x 14.3 cm
Ink over graphite on paper laid down on board
Date of work
Original: Ink over graphite on paper laid down on board, 23.3 x 14.3 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Gift of Robert Allerton / Bridgeman Images
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.