Aubrey Beardsley - Houghton HEW 11.10.11 - Beardsley, fruit bearers
Illustration ("the fruit bearers") by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) from Savoye, a London-based magazine edited by Arthur Symonds. 1896. HEW 11.10.11, Houghton Library, Harvard University
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.