The Artist Birthday Series

Aubrey Beardsley

He ended up being dismissed from “The Yellow Book” due to his friendship with Oscar Wilde and the general revulsion against Aestheticism that followed the scandal surrounding Wilde’s arrest in 1895. Following his dismissal from the magazine, Beardsley then became principal illustrator of another new magazine, “The Savoy.”

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He also illustrated numerous books, including in 1896 Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Lock. It was also during this time that he wrote several poems and a prose parody, Under the Hill (1903; the original, unexpurgated version, The Story of Venus and Tannhauser, appeared in 1907). He also completed and had published the collection, A Book of Fifty Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley (1897).

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