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collodion printing-out paper print, November 1897
9 1/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (231 mm x 288 mm) image size
In November 1897 Beardsley and his mother travelled to Menton in the South of France. This photograph shows Beardsley at the Hotel Cosmopolitan reading in the room in which he died. His mother had filled the room with objects dear to him, including photographs of his beloved sister. The prominence of the crucifix indicates his conversion to Roman Catholicism earlier in the year. Beardsley recorded the taking of this photograph on 3 December 1897, three and a half months before his death, 'I had myself and my room photographed a few days ago. They tell me that they came out splendidly.'
- Place made and portrayed: France (Cosmopolitan Hotel, Menton, France)
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