Grotesques by Aubrey Beardsley. Facsimile Platinum Prints by Frederick H. Evans from the Twelve Original Drawings in His Collection with a Portrait Frontispiece MET DP366706
Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898), he leading English illustrator of the 1890s and, after Oscar Wilde, the outstanding figure in the Aestheticism movement. Drawing was a strong interest from early childhood, and Beardsley practiced it while earning his living as a clerk. Beardsley’s meeting with the English artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones in 1891 prompted him to attend evening classes at the Westminster School of Art for a few months, his only professional instruction.
Evans was the first British photographer whose work Alfred Stieglitz published in Camera Work, his influential journal of photography. "Mr. Evans has set a standard in photography that most of us find entirely impossible to live up to. He is a gentleman who has dedicated himself to an art which is disparaged by those who believe that when a lens is in a box it is mechanical, but not when it is in a man's head." /George Bernard Shaw/