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This is the only known oil painting by Beardsley and comprises two unfinished pictures on one canvas. Caprice, in which a woman is being led through a doorway by a sinister dwarf, derives from the drawing Comedy Ballet of Marionettes I which appeared in the Yellow Book in 1894. 

On the back of this work is a drawing called, Woman with a White Mouse, which may have been influenced by the early work of William Rothenstein, with whom Beardsley shared a studio and whose pictures are inhabited by similarly bold and gloomy forms.

September 2004