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Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Darley Arabian, c1720, (1922)

The Darley Arabian, c1720, (1922). After John Wootton (c 1682?1764). From British Sporting Artists: From Barlow to Herring, by Walter Shaw Sparrow [John Lane The Bodley Head, Limited, London, 1922]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Renard the Fox, c1800, (1922). Artist: Philip Reinagle

Renard the Fox, c1800, (1922). Artist: Philip Reinagle
Renard the Fox, c1800, (1922). From British Sporting Artists: From Barlow to Herring, by Walter Shaw Sparrow [John Lane The Bodley Head, Limited, London, 1922]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Under the Hill, and other essays in prose and verse, with illustrations, 1904. Creator: Unknown

Under the Hill, and other essays in prose and verse, with illustrations, 1904. Creator: Unknown
Under the Hill, and other essays in prose and verse, with illustrations, 1904. Book cover designed by Aubrey Beardsley for his unfinished erotic novel

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design for A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Beardsleys bizarre sense of humour and fascination with the grotesque meant that his work was deemed too scandalous by many publishers of the period

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Arbuscula, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Arbuscula, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Arbuscula, 1897. Arbuscula was a celebrated pantomime actress and stage performer of ancient Rome during the 1st century BCE, when most female parts were played by men

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Et in Arcadia Ego, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Et in Arcadia Ego, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Et in Arcadia Ego, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Beardsley was an admirer of the work of Claude and the title may be a reference to one of his paintings

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Mrs. Pinchwife, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Mrs. Pinchwife, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Mrs. Pinchwife, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Margery Pinchwife in male dress. Probably intended for an edition of Wycherleys Country Wife. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Count Valmont, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Count Valmont, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Count Valmont, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Proposed titlepage to Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Barons Prayer, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Barons Prayer, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Barons Prayer, 1895-1896. A man prays before a pile of books. - to Love an altar built; Of twelve vast French romances, neatly gilt

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, I, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, I, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, I, 1895. Caricature of John Bull, intended for " The Savoy" magazine, but suppressed because of the suggested erection in his breeches

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design for Smithers Catalogue of Rare Books, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for Smithers Catalogue of Rare Books, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for Smithers Catalogue of Rare Books, 1896. Woman in a floral hat and frilled skirt reading a book on a striped sofa. A pet bird sits on a perch

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The New Star, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The New Star, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The New Star, 1895-1896. A sudden star, it shot through liquid air; And drew behind a radiant trail of hair. Illustration for " The Rape of the Lock" by Alexander Pope

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Headpiece to The Pierrot of the Minute, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Headpiece to The Pierrot of the Minute, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Headpiece to The Pierrot of the Minute, 1897. Illustration for a verse play by Ernest Dowson, published by Leonard Smithers. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Ascension of St Rose of Lima, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Ascension of St Rose of Lima, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Ascension of St Rose of Lima, 1896. The saint ascends to heaven; composition inspired by Durer's The Great Fortune. From The Savoy No. 2'

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Atalanta II, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Atalanta II, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Atalanta II, 1897. Huntress with greyhound. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Toilet of Helen, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Toilet of Helen, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Toilet of Helen, 1895. Before a toilet that shone like the altar of Notre Dame des Victoires, Helen was seated in a little dressing-gown of black and heliotrope

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Don Juan, Sganarelle and the Beggar, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896

Don Juan, Sganarelle and the Beggar, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Illustration for Molieres " Don Juan". Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Flosshilde, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Flosshilde, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Flosshilde, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. One of the Rhinemaidens, illustration for Beardsleys proposed edition of Wagners Das Rheingold. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Mysterious Rose Garden, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Mysterious Rose Garden, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Mysterious Rose Garden, 1894. A nude woman and a robed figure with winged boots, a scene supposedly inspired by the Annunciation. From The Yellow Book, Vol. IV

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Miss Letty Lind, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Miss Letty Lind, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Miss Letty Lind, 1895. Portrait of British actress, singer, dancer and acrobat Letty Lind, who appeared in " An Artists Model", a musical by Owen Hall

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design for The Yellow Book, Vol II, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Yellow Book, Vol II, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Yellow Book, Vol II, 1894. A woman wearing a starched dress with bow, a bookcase, and a background of stylised tulips. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design to Sappho, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design to Sappho, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design to Sappho, 1895. Lyre motif, illustration for " Sappho: Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings and a Literal Translation", by Henry Thornton Wharton

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Comedy-Ballet of Marionettes, I, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Comedy-Ballet of Marionettes, I, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Comedy-Ballet of Marionettes, I, 1894. Woman with a muff, wearing a floor-length dress, accompanied by a dwarf. From The Yellow Book, Vol. II

Background imageBodley Head Collection: A Nocturne of Chopin, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

A Nocturne of Chopin, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
A Nocturne of Chopin, 1895. Two women and a man, executed in flat sepia washes. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Black Coffee, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Black Coffee, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Black Coffee, 1895. A rare depiction of same-sex relationships; two women at a cafe table, one has her hand in the others lap

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Les Passades, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Les Passades, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Les Passades, 1894. Two women in evening dress. From the Winter Number of Today...a companion drawing to Night Piece in Vol. I of The Yellow Book

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design to Life and Times of Madame du Barry, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design to Life and Times of Madame du Barry, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design to Life and Times of Madame du Barry, 1896. The dexter arms, crest, supporters and motto [Boutez en avant, meaning push forward ] are those of the family of Du Barry Ceres...the sinister

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Design for the Opening Meeting Invitation Card of the Princes Ladies Golf Club, Mitcham

Design for the Opening Meeting Invitation Card of the Princes Ladies Golf Club, Mitcham, 1894. Woman golfer in elaborate hat and floor-length dress, with caddy dressed as Pierrot

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Ali Baba in the Wood, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Ali Baba in the Wood, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Ali Baba in the Wood, 1897. Illustration for a proposed edition of The Forty Thieves. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Repentance of Mrs... 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Repentance of Mrs... 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Repentance of Mrs... 1894. A woman kneels in prayer, as others look on knowingly. From The Yellow Book, Vol. IV. A similar subject to The Litany of Mary Magdalen done in his [Beardsley s] earlier

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Book-Plate of Olive Custance (Lady Alfred Douglas), 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Book-Plate of Olive Custance (Lady Alfred Douglas), 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Book-Plate of Olive Custance (Lady Alfred Douglas), 1897. English poet Olive Custance was a contributor to literary periodical The Yellow Book

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Miss Winifred Emery, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Miss Winifred Emery, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Miss Winifred Emery, 1894. Portrait of British actress and actor-manager Winifred Emery. From The Yellow Book, Vol. IV. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Aubrey Beardsleys Book-Plate, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsleys Book-Plate, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsleys Book-Plate, 1897. Nude woman choosing a book from a pile held by a servant. Not used by the artist, but adapted by Mr H. A. Pollitt, (Herbert J. Pollitt)

Background imageBodley Head Collection: A large Christmas Card, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

A large Christmas Card, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
A large Christmas Card, 1895. The Virgin Mary holds the infant Christ who is wearing a Victorian nightshirt. From The Savoy No. I. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Billet-Doux, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Billet-Doux, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Billet-Doux, 1895-1896. A young woman in a bonnet and negligee reads a love letter, propped against an enormous pillow

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Rape of the Lock, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Rape of the Lock, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Rape of the Lock, 1895-1896. The Baron attempst cuts a lock of Belindas hair with a pair of scissors. He takes the gift with rev rence

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Comedy of the Rhinegold, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Comedy of the Rhinegold, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Comedy of the Rhinegold, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. The Rhinemaidens....frontispiece, never completed, to an edition of Wagners Opera

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Ali Baba, Cover Design for a proposed edition of The Forty Thieves, 1897

Ali Baba, Cover Design for a proposed edition of The Forty Thieves, 1897. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design to The Houses of Sin, by Vincent O Sullivan, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design to The Houses of Sin, by Vincent O Sullivan, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design to The Houses of Sin, by Vincent O Sullivan, 1897. Illustration for a volume of poetry published by Leonard Smithers. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: D Albert in Search of his Ideals, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

D Albert in Search of his Ideals, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
D Albert in Search of his Ideals, 1897. Chevalier d Albert, a character from " Mademoiselle de Maupin" by Theophile Gautier. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Frontispiece to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Frontispiece to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Frontispiece to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Volpone, a greedy and rich childless Venetian, rubs his hands in front of his riches

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design for the Savoy No 2, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for the Savoy No 2, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for the Savoy No 2, 1896. Women looking at hats. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Three Musicians, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Three Musicians, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Three Musicians, 1895. A couple in a forest scene. From The Savoy No. I. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: A Footnote, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

A Footnote, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
A Footnote, 1896. From The Savoy No. 2. A self portrait [of Aubrey Beardsley] in which the artist has fatefully bound himself to the god of Nature

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Titlepage Design for The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Titlepage Design for The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Titlepage Design for The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Alternative title: Puck on Pegasus....drawing was afterwards adopted by [Leonard] Smithers as one of his trade marks and reproduced...on covers of books

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Cover Design for The Savoy No. 5, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Savoy No. 5, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Savoy No. 5, 1896. Couple in a garden. At this time the artist [Beardsley] was almost incapacitated by illness, [the tuberculosis that killed him less than two years later]

Background imageBodley Head Collection: Isolde, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Isolde, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Isolde, 1895. Isolde, or Iseult, was the female protagonist of a medieval chivalric romance centered on an adulterous love triangle. First published in The Studio for October 1895

Background imageBodley Head Collection: The Dream, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Dream, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Dream, 1895. An androgynous figure with a wand gestures to an unseen person behind the bedcurtains. Belinda still her downy pillow pressed; Her guardian sylph prolonged the balmy rest; Twas he



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