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The Collected Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley
Book is an important work for those interested in the origins and development of modern art, and for those fascinated by a unique and splendid talent that flourished far too briefly.
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published January 4th 1984 by Crescent Books
(first published 1967)
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I'll never forget my amazed shock when I saw Beardsley's drawing of the Serpentine S wearing a Tiara which the book
wrongly I think characterized as "death" when it is obviously
something closer to 'affect' or 'desire'.. it has ancient associations and wholly contemporary ones. Anyway. Beardsley
is one of the great illustrators I think, and its always fun to shock people less familiar with his work to a few tiny satyrs
with enormous phalli, or enormous satyrs with tiny phalli!
Born in Milford Haven, Wales, of Cornish parents, Symons was educated privately, spending much of his time in France and Italy. In 1884–1886 he edited four of Bernard Quaritch's Shakespeare Quarto Facsimiles, and in 1888–1889 seven plays of the "Henry Irving" Shakespeare. He became a member of the staff of the Athenaeum in 1891, and of the Saturday Review in 1894, but his major editorial feat was...moreMore about Arthur Symons...