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Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was born in Brighton, England. His health was always poor, and at the age of nine he suffered his first tuberculosis attack.
Counted Cross Stitch Kits: Designer Aubrey Beardsley At 17 he went to work in an insurance office in London, but during this time, he constantly sought entry into the art world. With this in mind, carrying his portfolio of drawings, he and his sister Mabel, uninvited, attempted to gain entry into the studio of Burne-Jones. A servant immediately went to turn them away. Fortunately Burne-Jones noticed Mabel's red hair and asked them in. He was so impressed with Beardsley's work that he advised him to take night classes.

Oriental Lady and Cat cross stitch kit
Oriental Lady and Cat cross stitch

Beardsley's career was launched, and he was commissioned to produce 300 illustrations for an edition of Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur. Numerous commissions followed, most notably The Yellow Book, an art and literature quarterly. It was during this time that he met Oscar Wilde, an alliance which initially helped him both professionally and personally, but after Wilde's conviction for homosexuality, guilt by association resulted in Beardsley being dismissed from The Yellow Book. Various projects followed but things were never to be the same, and in 1898, at the age of 25, he died in the South of France from tuberculosis.

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