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May 2016, Issue 442 Matthew Sturgis on the irrepressible Aubrey Beardsley * Munro Price on Louis XVI * Leslie Mitchell on Britain in the 1850s * Norman Stone on the fall of the Ottomans * Catherine Brown on Teffi * John Gray on Alexander Herzen * Ruth Scurr on Napoleon on St Helena * Catherine Peters on Oliver Goldsmith * Nicholas Stargardt on young Hitler * Sam Leith on Don DeLillo * Kevin Jackson on reference books * Graham Hutchings on the Cultural Revolution * Claire Lowdon on A L Kennedy  and much, much more…

Matthew Sturgis

Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonné

By Linda Gertner Zatlin

In 1895, the 23-year-old Max Beerbohm, looking back over his fledgling career, remarked with cod solemnity, ‘I belong to the Beardsley period.’ It had been a very brief period indeed, though an exciting one, a couple of years in the mid-1890s when it seemed as though many of the conventions and certainties of Victorian life might be swept away by a tide of daring and experiment in poetry, drama, literature and art. It is generally agreed that this new spirit of daring and experiment was embodied most vividly in the distinctive pen-and-ink drawings of the young Aubrey Beardsley – art editor and cover artist for the newly established Yellow Book and illustrator of the English edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Nothing was so shocking as his boldly massed images of fashionably dressed, elongated women disporting themselves in the modern metropolis – their lips full... read more

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