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).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I