like three Salomes

Nic Stringer’s poem ‘like three Salomes’ is from the collection Hemispheres, to be published by Guillemot Press in 2021; three Salomes (triptych) is part of the accompanying visual project. Sound and music, created in collaboration with Fractured Strings, will also be available in 2021. […]

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Beardsley, A Cover Boy for Sexual Revolution

The image of Aubrey Beardsley has been long enveloped in an aura of notoriety with distinctly erotic overtones. He has been seen as a rebel figure in the era of militant Victorian prudery. Sasha Dovzhyk argues that the myth of Beardsley as a Victorian sexual liberator was forged in 1966 when the V&A dedicated a major exhibition to the artist and displayed his most explicit works for the first time. […]

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The Afterlives of Beardsley’s Morte Darthur Illustrations

Beardsley’s illustrations for J. M. Dent’s edition of the Morte Darthur (1893–4) have often been deemed to bear an unusually tenuous relation to the Arthurian narrative. Out of approximately 500 illustrations, only the 20 full-page illustrations address identifiable moments in the narrative. Despite their supposed inaptness to Malory’s text, Dent and his successors have continued to reuse the illustrations in subsequent editions of the Morte Darthur. […]

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The Missing Keyhole: An Aubrey Beardsley Minor Mystery

How La Beale Isoud Wrote to Sir Tristram (1893) is one of Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Le Morte Darthur, published by JM Dent in 1894. It shows Isoud seated writing at a desk in an interior. Beyond her is a wall with twin windows and underneath these is a pair of identical, or almost identical, floor-standing chests or coffers. In the original drawing, which is extant in a private collection in London, the one on the right has a keyhole, but the other has not. […]

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