- Museum number
Head of Balzac, design for the decoration stamped in black on the front covers of 'Scenes of Parisian Life' from Balzac's 'La Comédie Humaine'; head and shoulders to front. 1897
Pen and black ink, with black wash
- Production date
Height: 101 millimetres
Width: 73 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The edition of Balzac was published in eleven volumes by Leonard Smithers in London in 1897. In a letter to Smithers dated 9 February 1897 Beardsley wrote 'Let me know if the white lines should be firmer. I didn't like to make them too hard' (see Brian Reade, 'Aubrey Beardsley', London (Studio Vista) 1967, no.480).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014, Sep-Nov, Moscow, State Pushkin Museum, 'Aubrey Beardsley'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: La Comedie Humaine
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number