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Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design to Volpone by Ben Jonson, 1898. Cover of an edition of Ben Jonsons comedy play, published by Leonard Smithers

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Creator: Unknown

A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Creator: Unknown
A Book of Fifty Drawings, 1897. Book cover designed by Aubrey Beardsley for a collection of his drawings, published by Leonard Smithers

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles 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

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design for The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Savoy No. 8, 1896. An androgynous figure in a turban tilts forward on a stool. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Frontispiece to A Book of Bargains by Vincent O Sullivan, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Frontispiece to A Book of Bargains by Vincent O Sullivan, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Frontispiece to A Book of Bargains by Vincent O Sullivan, 1896. Woman sitting at a desk, ...represents an apparition from one of the stories in...a grim little book written in cool, clear prose

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: The Barge, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Barge, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Barge, 1895-1896. Baroque scene: a woman with an elaborate hairstyle is attended by two men in a boat with ornate decoration

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, II, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, II, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Design for the Prospectus of the Savoy, II, 1895. Winged figure carrying quill pens and a sign. Illustration for " The Savoy" magazine. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design for The Savoy No. I, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Savoy No. I, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Savoy No. I, 1895. As originally drawn the amour is making free with a copy of The Yellow Book at his feet, a reference to Beardsleys parting with [publisher] John Lane

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design for The Savoy No. 4, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Savoy No. 4, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Savoy No. 4, 1896. Woman with bunches of grapes on ornate stand. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Alberich, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Alberich, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Alberich, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Another drawing for Das Rheingold. It has the charm of a Japanese netsuke and reminds one of an earlier drawing

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold, from The Savoy No. 6, 1896

The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold, from The Savoy No. 6, 1896. Cover design with Wotan and Loge, illustration for Wagners opera " Das Rheingold"

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: The Three Musicians II, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Three Musicians II, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Three Musicians II, 1895. A couple in a forest scene. This illustration was omitted from The Savoy No. I. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: The Coiffing, from The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Coiffing, from The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Coiffing, from The Savoy No. 3, 1896. Woman with her hairdresser. Note diagonal line rising from the footstool to the crown on the Virgin Marys head

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cul-de-lampe to The Pierrot of the Minute, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cul-de-lampe to The Pierrot of the Minute, 1897. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cul-de-lampe 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 imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design for Dowsons Verses, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for Dowsons Verses, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for Dowsons Verses, 1896. " Verses", a collection of poetry by Ernest Dowson, was published by Leonard Smithers. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design for The Savoy No. 7, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design for The Savoy No. 7, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design for The Savoy No. 7, 1896. The eternal problem of Youth and Pedantry. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, from The Savoy No. 8, 1896. One of a series of proposed caricatures of musicians. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Initial Letter V (Satyr) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Initial Letter V (Satyr) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Initial Letter V (Satyr) to Volpone, 1898. Illustration for an edition of Ben Jonsons eponymous comedy play, published by Leonard Smithers

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Cover Design, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Cover Design, 1895-1896. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Cover Design, 1895-1896. Scissors motif flanked by candelabras. Illustration for " The Rape of the Lock" by Alexander Pope, published privately by Leonard Smithers in 1896

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: The Bathers, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Bathers, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Bathers, 1895. Alternative title: On Dieppe Beach. From The Savoy No. I..It illustrates Arthur Symonss article on Dieppe. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Initial Letters (Vulture) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Initial Letters (Vulture) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Initial Letters (Vulture) to Volpone, 1898. Illustration for an edition of Ben Jonsons eponymous comedy play, published by Leonard Smithers

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Moska, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Moska, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Moska, 1895. From The Savoy No. I...illustration to Arthur Symonss article on Dieppe. Published in " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A. Walker, [The Bodley Head, London, 1948]

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Titlepage to The Savoy Nos 1 and 2, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Titlepage to The Savoy Nos 1 and 2, 1895. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Titlepage to The Savoy Nos 1 and 2, 1895. A woman with an ostrich-feather headdress and a man in Pierrot costume. Illustration for " The Savoy", a magazine of literature, art

Background imageSmithers Leonard Charles Collection: Initial Letter V (Column) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

Initial Letter V (Column) to Volpone, 1898. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
Initial Letter V (Column) to Volpone, 1898. Illustration for an edition of Ben Jonsons eponymous comedy play, published by Leonard Smithers



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