N04608 LA DAME AUX CAMéLIAS 1894
Indian ink, later tinted with watercolour, 11×7 1/8 (28×18).
Presented by Colonel James Lister Melvill at the request of his brother Harry Edward Melvill 1931.
Coll: Miss K. Savile Clarke (Mrs Cyril Martineau); Harry Melvill.
Lit: Vallance in Fifty Drawings, 1897, p.206, repr. facing p.131; Vallance in Ross, 1909, p.92, No.89 xxi; Macfall, 1928, p.54.
Repr: Early Work, 1899, pl.66 (without colouring); Later Work, 1920 ed., pl.27 (without colouring); John Rothenstein, The Artists of the 1890's, 1928, frontispiece; Best of Beardsley, 1948, No.31 (without colouring); L'Oeil, No.90, June 1962, p.31.
Published in the third number of The Yellow Book, October 1894, p.50; written on the back is ‘Yellow Book Immediate/today’. It had already appeared in St Paul's, 2 April 1894, as ‘Girl at her Toilet’. The present title refers to the play of that name by Alexandre Dumas fils. The drawing must have been coloured by 1897 when it was reproduced in Fifty Drawings.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I