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Aubrey Beardsley letter: Spread Eagle Hotel, Epsom, England, to Leonard Smithers

 Collection — Container: Manuscripts (not separately boxed) - 1
Identifier: MS 0001

Scope and Contents

A short letter with oblique reference to Beardsley's recent illness and his move to Boscombe.


  • Creation: August 16, 1896

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Biographical Note

Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, an English artist, was born in 1872 in Brighton, England to Ellen Agnes Pitt and Vincent Paul Beardsley. After his schooling at Brighton, he worked in an architect's office. He then became a clerk in the office of the Guardian Insurance Company. His first important commision was the illustration of "Morte d'Arthur" written by Sir Thomas Malory, for which he produced over five hundred designs. In 1894, he became art editor of "Yellow Book" which produced and published many of his most original works. Many believe this periodical produced the purest literature of the 1890's. Shortly thereafter he joined the production of the "Savoy" to which he contributed poems and prose. Aubrey Beardsley died on March 16, 1898.


0.04 Linear Feet (1 folder containing 2 items: 1 leaf; 15 x 20 cm. folded to 15 x 10 cm. and 1 envelope)

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With original envelope.Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898; artist and author. Short letter to his publisher Leonard Smithers with oblique reference to Beardsley's recent illness and his move to Boscombe in Dorset (England).

Letter : Spread Eagle Hotel, Epsom, England, to Leonard Smithers, 1896 Aug. 16.
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