- Extended catalogue entry
© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Frederick Henry Evans
Platinum print mounted on grey card, 1894
5 7/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (149 mm x 105 mm)
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Inscriptionback to top
Signed, inscr. and dated on mount: ‘Aubrey Beardsley [...] by Frederick H. Evans 1895’;
inscr. top right of mount: ‘22’.
This portraitback to top
This is the slightly larger of the two photographs taken by Frederick Evans c.1894, and is less usually reproduced: see the entry for NPG P114. For this pose see Oscar Wilde’s description of Beardsley having ‘a face like a silver hatchet’.
A print of the NPG P115 pose mounted in a full-page Morte Darthur border design (Bk 6, ch.1) was in the collection of Draper Hill. A photogravure set in a different Beardsley border (Morte Darthur, Bk 2, ch.1, repr. Beardsley 1911, pl.75) is in the collection of George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, 1981:1198:008. There is a photogravure entitled ‘From a private portrait study by Frederick H. Evans’, formerly coll. Bodley Head, now U. of Reading Aubrey Beardsley Coll., MS160/8/7. A signed print of the NPG P115 pose was reproduced in The Year’s Art 1895.
Footnotesback to top
Physical descriptionback to top
Profile to left (no hands).
Provenanceback to top
With P114 given by Dr Robert Steele, 1939; transferred from Photographs Collection 1979.
Exhibitionsback to top
People in Camera 1839–1914, NPG, London, 1979 (ill. p.37).
Aubrey Beardsley: A Centenary Tribute, Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa; Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama; and Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan, 1998 (2).
Aubrey Beardsley and Decadence, Tate Britain, London, 2003–4 (no catalogue).
Reproductionsback to top
Reproductions of other prints of this image
Beardsley 1899, facing p.18 (photogravure by Swan Electric Engraving Co., 1895).
Benkowitz 1981, frontispiece.
Roy Davids Collection, Bonhams, London, 29 March 2011 (14)
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