Aubrey Beardsley

1 portrait of Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley, by Frederick Hollyer, 1893 - NPG P1828 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aubrey Beardsley

by Frederick Hollyer
platinum print, 1893
4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (101 mm x 145 mm)
Purchased, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1828


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  • Frederick Hollyer (1838-1933), Photographer and art publisher. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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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.

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Current affairs

Keir 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 science

Art 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.

International

Gandhi'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.

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