Catalogue entry

N04171 COVER DESIGN FOR THE YELLOW BOOK 1894
 
Inscr. with Japanesque mark (three candles) b.r.
Pencil and Indian ink, 10 1/4×8 1/2 (26×22).
Bequeathed by John Lane 1926.
Coll: John Lane.
Exh: (?) Carfax Gallery, October 1904 (34 or 36: cover designs for The Yellow Book lent by John Lane); (?) Chicago, 1911 (35, 36 or 49: cover designs for The Yellow Book lent by John Lane); Brooklyn, December 1923–January 1924 (37).
Lit: Vallance in Fifty Drawings, 1897, p.206; Vallance in Ross, 1909, p.91, No.89 ii.
Repr: Early Work, 1899, pl.45; Later Work, 1920 ed., pl.6; Best of Beardsley, 1948, No.17.

The design for the cover of the first number of The Yellow Book, published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane in April 1894; Beardsley was art editor of the first four numbers and it was this that made his name (see Macfall, 1928, p.59).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I