1896 Aug. 16.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0001
1 item (1 leaf) ;
Agency History/Biographical note:
Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, an English artist, was born in 1872 in
Brighton, England to Ellen Agnes Pitt and Vincent Paul Beardsley.
After his schooling at Brighton, he worked in an architect's office.
He then became a clerk in the office of the Guardian Insurance
Company. His first important commision was the illustration of
"Morte d'Arthur" written by Sir Thomas Malory, for which he produced
over five hundred designs. In 1894, he became art editor of "Yellow
Book" which produced and published many of his most original works.
Many believe this periodical produced the purest literature of the
1890's. Shortly thereafter he joined the production of the "Savoy"
to which he contributed poems and prose. Aubrey Beardsley died on
March 16, 1898.
Scope and Content:
A short letter with oblique reference to Beardsley's recent illness
and his move to Boscombe. Published in: Letters from Aubrey
Beardsley to Leonard Smithers. London: First Editions Club, 1937.
Cite as: Aubrey Beardsley Letter, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
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