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  • Description

    Self-portrait; almost half-length, arms out of view, turned and looking to front, hair parted in the middle, wearing a bow-tie. c.1892 Pen and black ink, with black wash

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  • Date

    • 1872-1898
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 252 millimetres
    • Width: 95 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This early self-portrait was not made for a particular publication, and was first reproduced after Beardsley's death in 'A Second Book of Drawings', London (Leonard Smithers) 1899, p.13. The donor, Robert Ross, was grandson of the first prime minister of Upper Canada, and a close friend of Beardsley whom he first met on 14 February 1892 (see 'Aubrey Beardsley', exhibition catalogue, Victoria & Albert Museum 1966, no.140). The drawing was probably made for him shortly afterwards. Ross published a famous biography of Beardsley in 1909 (where this drawing is no.39 in the checklist), and was literary executor for Oscar Wilde.


  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PVIIIa)

  • Exhibition history

    1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no.215
    2014, Sep-Nov, Moscow, State Pushkin Museum, 'Aubrey Beardsley'

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    Prints & Drawings

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COMPASS Title: Aubrey Beardsley, Self-portrait, a pen and ink wash


COMPASS Title: Aubrey Beardsley, Self-portrait, a pen and ink wash

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