1 portrait of Aubrey Beardsley
by Frederick Hollyer
platinum print, 1893
4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (101 mm x 145 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Frederick Hollyer (1838-1933), Photographer and art publisher. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This photograph of Beardsley was taken as he was rising to fame and is generally acknowledged as one of Hollyer's finest portraits. Hollyer's portrait photographs of his friends and associates, such as this, are recognised for their rare delicacy as his sitters appear unselfconsciously posed and softly lit. Beardsley suggested this photograph as 'the best frontispiece' for Fifty Drawings, a bound collection of his artwork published in 1897.
Events of 1893back to top
Current affairsKeir Hardie is among the group who formalise the Independent Labour Party, and is elected chairman and party leader at the opening conference. Gladstone continues with his campaign for home rule in Ireland, introducing the Second Home Rule Bill, which is passed by the Commons but vetoed by the Lords.
Art and scienceArt Nouveau becomes a fully established movement in European art and design, after emerging in different countries and across different disciplines at the start of the decade. Key figures include the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, and the designer Alphonse Mucha. Art Nouveau is characterised by the 'whiplash' line, a decorative line which represents graphically the desire to break free from traditional aesthetic constraints.
InternationalGandhi's ejection from a South African train carriage on account of his race is the catalyst for his non-violent activism in leading the struggle for Indian independence from British rule. New Zealand becomes the first self-governing country to grant women the vote. The Chicago World's Fair is visited by more than 200 million people, with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse introducing electrical power to illuminate the fair.
See this portrait
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete
Until 30 September