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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
DESIGN FOR THE FRONT AND FIRST PAGE OF THE SAVOY OR WOMAN FONDLING GRAPES
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 EUR
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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
DESIGN FOR THE FRONT AND FIRST PAGE OF THE SAVOY OR WOMAN FONDLING GRAPES
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

Jacques Grange | Collectionneur

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Paris

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
1872 - 1898
DESIGN FOR THE FRONT AND FIRST PAGE OF THE SAVOY OR WOMAN FONDLING GRAPES
Pen and ink over pencil on paper
Signed lower left in ink AUBREY BEARDSLEY
23,8 x 17,8 cm ; 9 1/4 by 7in.
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Provenance

Leonard Smithers ;
John Lane (1907) ;
Mrs Helen Payne Whitney ;
John Hay Whitney (by descent) ;
Betsey Cushing Whitney (bequeathed) ;
Greentree Foundation (bequeathed) ;
Sale, Whitney Collection, Sotheby's New York, May 18th, 2004, lot 87 ;
Jacques Grange Collection, Paris (purchased from the above)

Exhibited

Paris, Galeries Shirley, Aubrey Beardsley, 1872-1898, 1907, n°39 ;
New York, Berlin Photographic Company, Catalogue of the First American Exhibition of the Original Work of Aubrey Beardsley, 1911 (I) ;
New York, Galleries of E. Gimpel and Wildenstein, Aubrey Beardsley : Loan Exhibition of Original Drawings, 1920, n°28 ; 
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Aubrey Beardsley, 1966 ;
Kanagawa, Japan, Kawasaki City Museum, Aubrey Beardsley : A Centenary Tribute (Obur Biazur ten : seikimatsu geijutsu no hana), 1998, n°141

Literature

Savoy n°4, 1896, August 1896, reproduced on Front and first page ;
Aymer Vallance, Iconography, A Book of Fifty Drawings, London, 1897, p. 211 ;
"Second book of Fifty Drawings", in Studio, London, 1899, plate 35 ;
Henry Currie Marillier, Later Work, London, 1901, n°130 (titled Cover Design) ;
Aymer Vallance, "List of Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley" in Robert Ross, Aubrey Beardsley, London, 1909, n°146, XXV ;
Albert Eugene Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley : Catalogue of Drawings and Bibliography, New York, 1945, n°1008 ;
R.A. Walker, The Best of Beardsley, London, 1948, plate 89 ;
Brian Reade, Aubrey Beardsley, London, 1967, pp. 356-7, n°435, illustrated plate 433 ;
Henry Mass, J.-L. Duncan and W.-G. Good, The Letters of Aubrey Beardsley, New Jersey, 1970, pp. 145-147 ;
Mark Samuel Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley, Boston, 1995, n°103 ;
Simon Wilson and Linda Zatlin Gertner, Aubrey Beardsley : A Centenary Tribute, Tokyo, 1998, p. 244, n°141 ;
Linda Zatlin Gertner, Aubrey Beardsley, A catalogue raisonné, London, 2016, Volume II, n°1011

Catalogue Note

Also known as Woman fondling Grapes, this drawing was executed in July 1896 for the cover and first page of the August 1896 Savoy. Beardsley was the newly created magazine's artistic director.

Inspired by Utamaro and Hokusai, the curtain allows us to see the rest of the room, empty, and a small part of the young lady's dressing gown. A light breeze runs through the curtain : the movement is suggested by convex/concave squares. The gentleness of the movement echoes in the young woman who is delicately approaching her lips towards the grapes presented on a phallic-shapped stand.

Jacques Grange | Collectionneur

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Paris