Ali Baba (Cover Design For
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.647
People
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, British (Brighton, England 1872 - 1898 Menton, France)
Title
Ali Baba (Cover design for "The Forty Thieves")
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1897
Culture
British
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink, white gouache, and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions
24 x 19.8 cm (9 7/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
Provenance
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, acquired from them by Grenville L. Winthrop, September 20, 1921 ($1,200); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.647
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

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

A. 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

A. 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)

A. 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

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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted