Ali Baba (Cover Design For
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, British (Brighton, England 1872 - 1898 Menton, France)
Ali Baba (Cover design for "The Forty Thieves")
Work Type
Level 2, Room 2100, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Painting and Photography in an Era of Social Change
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Physical Descriptions
Black ink, white gouache, and graphite on white wove paper
24 x 19.8 cm (9 7/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
Commissioned from the artist by Leonard Smithers, 1897. [Messrs. Robson and Co., by 1909]. Fitzroy Carrington, New York, by 1911. [Scott and Fowles, New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, September 20, 1921, bequest; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley and Henry Currie Marillier, The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley, John Lane (London, 1899), pg. 175, no. 41

Albert E. Gallatin, List of Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, M. F. Mansfield and A. Wessels (New York, 1900), pg. 4

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley, John Lane (London, New York, 1901), pl. 153

Albert E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley's Drawings: A Catalogue and a List of Criticisms, Godfrey A.S. Wieners (New York, 1903), pg. 43

Robert Ross and Aymer Vallance, Aubrey Beardsley, John Lane, The Bodley Head (London, England, 1909), pg. 109, no. 157(i)

Albert E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley: Catalogue of Drawings and Bibliography, The Grolier Club (New York, NY, 1945), pg. 66, no. 1057

Martin Birnbaum, Jacovleff and Other Artists, Paul A. Struck (New York, 1946), pl. 37

Paul J. Sachs, Modern Prints and Drawings, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1954), pl. 164

Brian Reade, Aubrey Beardsley, Viking Press (New York, 1967), no. 458, pl. 458

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, The Letters of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. Henry Maas, J.L. Duncan, and W.G. Good, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Rutherford, NJ, 1970), pp. 96, 141 n., 142-45 passim, 147, 315, 319, 324, 327, 329, 389 and n., 390, 391

Jean-Paul Bouillon, Klimt: Beethoven, Skira (Geneva, Switzerland, 1986), repr. p. 56

Linda Gertner Zatlin, Aubrey Beardsley and Victorian Sexual Politics, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1990), p. 37, fig. 12

Chris Snodgrass, Aubrey Beardsley: Dandy of the Grotesque, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (New York, NY and Oxford, England, 1995), fig. 3-3, p. 116

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 143, repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), cat. no. 143, repr. (color)

Kenneth J. Procter, "Clothing as Texture, Clothing as Symbol", Drawing (American Artist) (Fall 2006), pp. 46-55, repr. p. 48, pp. 49, 51

Penley Knipe and Miriam Stewart, "Behind the 'Blot'" Technical Notes on the Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, Master Drawings (Winter 2015), LIII, no. 4, pp. 523-530, p. 524

Exhibition History

The First American Exhibition of Original Drawings by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 12/07/1911 - 12/25/1911

Portrait, Prospect and Poetry: British Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Bequest, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/11/1993 - 11/07/1993

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/10/2015 - 11/09/2016

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