From the French Lithographic series Les Affiches Etrangeres Illustrees comes this wonderful rare piece by 19th Century English artist Aubrey Beardsley.
Titled ~Publisher~ it is a booksellers advertising poster for a series of childrens books by T Fisher Unwin of London. Titles include St Nicholas for Young Folks, The Land of Pluck, and Topsys and Turvys. Complete with their publishing details including author and price. Works by Palmer Cox for example are 6 shillings cloth bound and 3 and sixpence paper bound. At the time of it's issue the poster caused great consternation among the staid Victorians. The use of a large busted lady with visible cleavage shocked the society of the day as the poster was designed to sell childrens books! The original poster was designed with the graphic on the left only and the right hand side plain to take the text. This is the rare 'with text' version.
Edited by G Boudet and printed by Jules Cheret's famous Imprimerie Chaix, Paris ~Les Affiches Etrangeres Illustrees presented a collection of the best posters of La Belle Epoque, by foreign artists in Limited numbers (1025) at a reduced size, to the avid collectors of Paris during 1897.
While he is probably one of the most easily recognized artists of his period, Beardsley sadly had a very short creative life. His working period spanned only six years and he was dead from consumption by the time he was 26. This makes his early pieces issued during his lifetime extremely valuable and highly collectible.
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement and his drawings, influenced by Japanese wood-block prints emphasized the grotesque, the decadent and the erotic.
The sheet measures 8 1/2" x 12" and the subject is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Signed in the plate and printed on fine Vellum paper stock it is in Condition A. There are no tears or creases but there is a printers mark top right and one fine black pencil mark, not visible in photographs beside the numbers 1-10 in the book listings. This would be easily removable but I leave that to the purchaser. Please email me if you would like more photographs.
I have the companion Lithograph to this one listed as well. #RL0033. Framed as a pair they would make a stunning statement hung side by side on a wall. I would consider a 'special' price for the pair. Please contact me via email.
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